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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 20 March 2014

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Criminal Justice and Courts Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [11 March 2014].

 


 

Dan Jarvis

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

38

 

Schedule  4,  page  73,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Where the Secretary of State enters into a contract with another person under

 

paragraph 1(1), and that person is not a public authority for the purposes of

 

section 3 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, that person shall be designated

 

by the Secretary of State as a public authority for the purposes of that section in

 

relation to that contract.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

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Schedule  4,  page  73,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘Special Educational Needs

 

1A  (1)  

All secure colleges, whether directly managed or contracted out, must make

 

provision to meet the special educational needs of persons detained there.’.

 

Sarah Champion

 

61

 

Schedule  4,  page  74,  line  17,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘Staff

 

4A  (2)  

All staff employed as teachers, counsellors or nurses at a secure unit must hold

 

qualifications as one of the following—

 

(a)    

qualified teachers;

 

(b)    

accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and

 

Psychotherapists;

 

(c)    

registered nurse (children).’.

 

Dan Jarvis

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

34

 

Schedule  4,  page  75,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

to assess and promote their best interests.’.

 

Dan Jarvis

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

36

 

Schedule  4,  page  75,  line  26,  leave out from ‘where’ to end of line 27 and insert ‘a

 

young person poses an imminent threat of injury to himself or others, and only when all

 

other means of control have been exhausted.’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

22

 

Schedule  4,  page  80,  line  15,  leave out ‘51 weeks’ and insert ‘12 months’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The offence of wrongful disclosure of information under paragraph 25 of Schedule 4 is triable

 

either on indictment or summarily. When section 154 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 comes into

 

force, the maximum term of imprisonment on summary conviction should change from 6 months to

 

12 months (not 51 weeks, which is appropriate for summary-only offences).

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

23

 

Schedule  4,  page  81,  line  29,   leave out ‘In section 15(3)(d) (funding of Local

 

Safeguarding Children Boards)’ and insert ‘In section 15(3) (funding of Local

 

Safeguarding Children Boards)—

 

(a)    

in paragraph (c), after “principal of a” insert “directly managed”, and

 

(b)    

in paragraph (d),’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that, where the principal of a secure college is a Board partner of the

 

authority that established a Local Safeguarding Children Board, the Secretary of State is only a

 

person who may make payments towards expenditure incurred by the Board if the college is

 

directly managed, rather than contracted-out.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

24

 

Schedule  4,  page  81,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘32A      

In section 33(3) (funding of Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Wales)—

 

(a)    

in paragraph (c), after “principal of a” insert “directly managed”, and

 

(b)    

in paragraph (d), after “or prison” insert “or the principal of a

 

contracted-out secure college”.’.


 
 

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Mr Shailesh Vara

 

25

 

Schedule  4,  page  81,  line  33,  after ‘references’ insert ‘to a directly managed secure

 

college and’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

26

 

Schedule  4,  page  81,  line  34,  leave out ‘such a’ and insert ‘a contracted-out,’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

27

 

Schedule  4,  page  81,  line  35,  leave out ‘1’ and insert ‘27’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

47

 

Clause  24,  page  23,  line  12,  leave out ‘single’ and insert ‘two’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

48

 

Clause  24,  page  23,  line  23,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘( )    

In subsection (3), for “The” substitute “Where a relevant prosecutor issues a

 

written charge and a requisition, the”.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 49 provide that prosecutors must serve a copy of a single justice

 

procedure notice on a designated officer for a magistrates’ court (the person responsible for

 

administering the process) and not a specific court. This is to facilitate cases started in this way

 

being dealt with in any magistrates’ court.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

49

 

Clause  24,  page  23,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘“(3ZA)    

Where a relevant prosecutor issues a written charge and a single justice procedure

 

notice, the written charge and notice must be served on the person concerned, and

 

a copy of both must be served on the designated officer specified in the notice.’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

50

 

Clause  24,  page  23,  line  29,  leave out first ‘the’ and insert ‘a’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendments 48 and 49.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

51

 

Clause  24,  page  24,  line  5,  after ‘issue’ insert ‘written charges,’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 52 make clear that an order authorising a prosecutor to issue

 

requisitions and single justice procedure notices, or just single justice procedure notices, will also

 

authorise the issue of written charges.


 
 

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Mr Shailesh Vara

 

52

 

Clause  24,  page  24,  line  7,  after ‘only’ insert ‘written charges and’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

39

 

Clause  24,  page  24,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘(11)    

No offences shall be triable under this procedure unless specified in regulations

 

made by the Secretary of State and of which a draft has been laid before, and

 

approved by each House of Parliament.’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

40

 

Clause  26,  page  25,  leave out lines 27 to 32.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

53

 

Clause  26,  page  25,  line  27,  leave out ‘for the magistrates’ court’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendments 54, 54A, 55, 56 and 60 make clear that a single justice

 

procedure notice will identify a designated officer for a magistrates’ court (the person responsible

 

for administering the process), rather than a specific magistrates’ court, and that any magistrates’

 

court may deal with a case started in this way.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

41

 

Clause  26,  page  25,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

a submission from the DVLA to inform the court of any penalty points

 

endorsed on the defendant’s driver record.’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

54

 

Clause  26,  page  26,  line  2,  leave out ‘for the magistrates’ court’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

42

 

Clause  26,  page  26,  leave out lines 5 and 6.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

43

 

Clause  26,  page  26,  line  7,  leave out from ‘parties’ to end.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

54A

 

Clause  26,  page  26,  leave out lines 15 to 17 and insert—


 
 

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‘( )    

Any magistrates’ court may try a written charge in accordance with subsections

 

(3) to (8), whether or not its designated officer is specified in the single justice

 

procedure notice.’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

44

 

Clause  26,  page  26,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(12)    

Prior to a paper procedure the court must publish the cases to which it will apply

 

and when it will take place, and

 

(13)    

Following a paper procedure the court must publish the outcome.’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

55

 

Clause  26,  page  26,  line  27,  leave out ‘for the magistrates’ court’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

56

 

Clause  26,  page  26,  line  33,  leave out from ‘court’ to ‘must’ in line 34 and insert

 

‘dealing with the matter’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

57

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  24,  leave out from ‘be)’ to end of line 28.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes a provision treating a magistrates’ court issuing a summons under new

 

sections 16B and 16C and the court specified in the summons as being in the same local justice

 

area.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

58

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  31,  leave out from ‘before’ to ‘and’ in line 33 and insert ‘a

 

magistrates’ court for the purpose specified in the earlier summons;’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

New section 16D(2) of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980, inserted by clause 26, provides that,

 

following the issue of a summons under new section 16B or 16C, a justice of the peace may issue

 

a further summons. This amendment provides that the further summons may require the person

 

concerned to appear before any magistrates’ court.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

59

 

Clause  26,  page  28,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

This section does not apply if the trial of the written charge has been adjourned

 

under section 16B(3)(a) or 16C(3)(a).’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that, if proceedings are moved from the procedure under section 16A of

 

the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 to the usual procedure in a traditional magistrates’ court, the

 

new statutory declaration procedure in section 16E of that Act will no longer be available. Instead,

 

the statutory declaration procedure in section 14 of that Act will be available.


 
 

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Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

45

 

Clause  26,  page  28,  line  11,  at end insert ‘or that the accused did not understand the

 

documents specified in 16(a)(2).’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

60

 

Clause  26,  page  28,  line  14,  leave out ‘for the magistrates’ court’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

46

 

Clause  27,  page  29,  leave out line 39.

 


 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

65

 

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Clause  45,  page  48,  line  21,  leave out ‘and 20F’ and insert ‘to 20G’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendments 66, 74 and 75.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

66

 

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Clause  45,  page  49,  leave out lines 4 to 9.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendments 74 and 75 replace subsections (5) and (6) of new section 20E of

 

the Juries Act 1974 and subsections (7) and (8) of new section 20F of that Act with provision to the

 

same effect in a new section 20G.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

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Clause  45,  page  49,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘(A1)    

It is not an offence under section 20D for a person to disclose information to a

 

person listed in subsection (A2) if—

 

(a)    

the disclosure is made after the jury in the proceedings mentioned in

 

section 20D(1) has been discharged, and

 

(b)    

the person making the disclosure reasonably believes that—

 

(i)    

an offence or contempt of court has been, or may have been,

 

committed by or in relation to a juror in connection with those

 

proceedings, or

 

(ii)    

conduct of a juror in connection with those proceedings may

 

provide grounds for an appeal against conviction or sentence.

 

(A2)    

Those persons are—

 

(a)    

a member of a police force;

 

(b)    

a judge of the Court of Appeal;

 

(c)    

the registrar of criminal appeals;


 
 

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(d)    

a judge of the court where the proceedings mentioned in section 20D(1)

 

took place;

 

(e)    

a member of staff of that court who would reasonably be expected to

 

disclose the information only to a person mentioned in paragraphs (b) to

 

(d).

 

(A3)    

It is not an offence under section 20D for a member of a police force to disclose

 

information for the purposes of obtaining assistance in deciding whether to

 

submit the information to a judge of the Court of Appeal or the registrar of

 

criminal appeals, provided that the disclosure does not involve publishing the

 

information.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 70 replace subsection (3) of new section 20F of the Juries Act

 

1974 with provision which additionally allows disclosure of information to a member of a police

 

force in specified circumstances. The amendment also provides that disclosure is only permitted

 

after the jury has been discharged.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

68

 

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Clause  45,  page  49,  line  35,  leave out second ‘to’ and insert ‘for the purposes of

 

enabling or assisting’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 69 amend new section 20F(2) of the Juries Act 1974 to ensure

 

that the judge or registrar does not have to contact the defendant or legal representative

 

personally when making a disclosure to enable them to consider whether a juror’s conduct may

 

provide grounds for appeal.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

69

 

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Clause  45,  page  49,  line  39,  leave out ‘for the purposes of considering’ and insert

 

‘to consider’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

70

 

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Clause  45,  page  49,  line  42,  leave out from beginning to end of line 3 on page 50.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

71

 

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Clause  45,  page  50,  line  5,  after ‘(1)’ insert ‘or (2)’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 72 amend new section 20F(4) of the Juries Act 1974 to allow

 

disclosure of jury deliberations where someone reasonably believes that a disclosure under section

 

20F(2) has been made. The disclosure must be for the purpose of considering whether a juror’s

 

conduct provides grounds for appeal.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

72

 

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Clause  45,  page  50,  line  6,  at end insert ‘or consideration in question’.

 

Mr Shailesh Vara

 

73

 

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Clause  45,  page  50,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

It is not an offence under section 20D for a person to disclose information in the

 

course of taking reasonable steps to prepare for proceedings described in

 

subsection (5)(a) to (c).’.


 
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