PLANS for secret court hearings have been heavily criticised by Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell.
The barrister told the Commons that the proposals were intended to hide errors by the authorities.
Mr Reevell was taking part in a major debate on criminal justice reforms laid out in the Queen’s Speech.
The Conservative said: “Read carefully, the consultation document on increased use of closed courts sets out a policy that appears to have at its heart a desire to protect governments from direct or indirect embarrassment.
“For decades there have been examples of government departments appearing to regard the public interest as meaning, at least in part, that errors are hidden and omissions denied. Public interest does not mean that.
“The proposals are at odds with our principles of open justice. The justifications for the departure contained within the consultation document are few and unconvincing.”