13th April 2014: On Thursday at the European Parliament in Brussels, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) on the Justice Scoreboard*.
"I am sure that the scoreboard approach appears to be objective and that it is a reassuring exercise. However, there might be flaws in a legal system that would not feature on the scoreboard.
"For example, how many campaigning politicians have been prosecuted? How many opposition politicians been imprisoned pending a trial that does not seem to come any nearer?
"This is important because when governments abuse judicial systems, they do so against their political opponents."
* The Justice Scoreboard is an attempt to identify objective criteria according to which a country’s justice system could be judged to be ‘just’.