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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 25 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].

 


 

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.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 March 2014                  

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Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

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.

 

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’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 March 2014                  

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Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

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—

 

‘( )    

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.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 March 2014                  

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Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

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.

 

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 Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

98

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  7,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

99

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  8,  leave out ‘in respect of’ and insert ‘of up to 50 per cent

 

of total’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

111

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  10,  after ‘(3)’, insert ‘and (3A)’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

100

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

it being just and reasonable to do so in the opinion of the court’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 March 2014                  

103

 

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

101

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A reasonable assessment of the defendant’s finances must be taken before a

 

collection date for any court costs is decided.’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

112

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

An order must not be made—

 

(a)    

if in the opinion of the court it may affect a decision on plea;

 

(b)    

where enforcement costs are likely to amount to more than the value of

 

the charge;

 

(c)    

in relation to any part of the hearing for which the defendant was not

 

responsible;

 

(d)    

in relation to any appeal; and

 

(e)    

before a written means assessment has been carried out.’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

102

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

The court must give reasons for either imposing or not imposing court charges.’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

113

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

Where there is more than one defendant the charge shall be equally divided

 

between defendants.’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

103

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  30,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

104

 

Clause  29,  page  30,  line  43,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

105

 

Clause  29,  page  31,  line  10,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 March 2014                  

104

 

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

106

 

Clause  29,  page  32,  line  26,  leave out ‘person’ and insert ‘person over 21 years of

 

age’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

107

 

Page  30,  line  1,  leave out Clause 29.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

108

 

Clause  30,  page  33,  line  5,  leave out ‘3 years’ and insert ‘12 months’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

109

 

Clause  30,  page  33,  line  10,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

110

 

Clause  31,  page  34,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(7)    

The power to vary orders under this paragraph may only be exercised by an

 

officer of court directly employed by HMCTS.’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

115

 

Clause  32,  page  34,  line  34,  leave out subparagraph (a).

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

114

 

Clause  32,  page  34,  line  37,  leave out subparagraph (b).


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 March 2014                  

105

 

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

116

 

Clause  32,  page  34,  leave out from line 40 to end of line 7 on page 35 and insert—

 

‘(3A)    

Where the “alternative conditions” are satisfied, any party may apply to the

 

Supreme Court for a certificate enabling an appeal to be made directly to the

 

Supreme Court.

 

(3B)    

The “alternative conditions” are that a point of law of general public importance

 

is involved in the decision and that—

 

(a)    

the proceedings entail a decision relating to a matter of national

 

importance or consideration of such a matter;

 

(b)    

the result of the proceedings is so significant (whether considered on its

 

own or together with other proceedings or likely proceedings) that, a

 

hearing by the Supreme Court is justified; and

 

(c)    

the benefits of earlier consideration by the Supreme Court outweigh the

 

benefits of consideration by the Court of Appeal.’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

117

 

Clause  32,  page  34,  line  43,  leave out subparagraph (a).

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

118

 

Clause  32,  page  35,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

In section 15 (cases excluded from section 12) after subsection (4), insert—

 

“(5)    

No certificate shall be granted under section 12 of this Act in any case

 

where a declaration pursuant to section 6 of the Justice and Security Act

 

2013 (c. 18) has been made.

 

(6)    

No certificate shall be granted under section 12 of this Act without the

 

consent of one or more parties unless by decision of the Supreme Court

 

following an oral hearing.

 

(7)    

No certificate shall be granted under section 12 of this Act where one or

 

more of the parties is unrepresented.”.’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

Dan Jarvis

 

119

 

Clause  33,  page  37,  line  30,  after subsection (4), insert—

 

‘(5)    

No certificate shall be granted under section 12 of this Act in any case where a

 

declaration pursuant to section 6 of the Justice and Security Act 2013 (c. 18) has

 

been made.’.

 



 
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