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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 12 April 2017

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Prisons and Courts Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [28 March 2017].

 

 


 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

92

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  23,  page  20,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

provision ensuring that persons charged with offences have available to

 

them information on the suitability of the written information procedure,

 

taking into account their particular circumstances.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures the Criminal Procedure Rules include a provision requiring defendants

 

have adequate information about the written information procedure provided to them.


 
 

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

93

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  23,  page  21,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Where a person is unrepresented the written information procedure will only

 

apply if the person is charged with a summary, non-imprisonable offence.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures the written information procedure can only be used in limited

 

circumstances in cases where the defendant is unrepresented.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

91

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  23,  page  21,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

Criminal Procedure Rules must include provision for a person charged with an

 

offence, or a parent or guardian of that person, to be given in writing—

 

(a)    

notification of a defendant’s right to legal assistance;

 

(b)    

notification of plea procedures available, not limited to the written

 

information procedure;

 

(c)    

an explanation of the consequences of indicating their plea in writing.

 

(4B)    

Information provided under subsection (4A) must be presented in an accessible

 

format using clear language.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures defendants receive adequate information and notification about the

 

written information procedure, including alternative plea procedures and the consequences of

 

indicating their plea in writing.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

94

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  23,  page  22,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(11)    

Within two years of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of State shall

 

commission an independent evaluation of the operation of the expanded written

 

procedure made under this section and shall lay the report of the evaluation before

 

each House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures the expanded use of the written procedure is reviewed within two years.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

95

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  23,  page  22,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(11)    

Persons under the age of 18, when charged with the relevant offence, are exempt

 

from this section.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes children from provisions allowing defendants to engage with a court in

 

writing.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 12 April 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

98

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  25,  page  24,  line  7,  leave out paragraph (d) and insert—

 

“(d)    

explain that, if the person chooses not to give a written indication of plea

 

or fails to do so within 21 days of the date on which the document was

 

sent, the court must proceed under section 17A upon the expiry of the 21

 

day period;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment gives greater clarity and certainty about the timeframe in which a court hearing

 

must be held where a person does not give a written indication of plea.

 


 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

99

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Page  25,  line  42,  leave out Clause 26

 


 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

96

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Page  32,  line  17,  leave out Clause 30

 


 

Sir Oliver Heald

 

51

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  3,  page  72,  line  49,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

If—

 

(a)    

the person gives a written indication of plea before attaining

 

the age of 18 years, and

 

(b)    

after the person attains that age, the court is considering

 

whether to deal with the person as an adult,

 

    

the court may only deal with the person in a way that it could have

 

dealt with the person if he or she had indicated that plea at a hearing

 

which took place before the person attained 18 years.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment provides that, if the defendant reaches 18 after giving a written indication of plea,

 

the court must exercise its powers to deal with the defendant as an adult in a way that it could have

 

if the plea had been given at a hearing before the defendant turned 18.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 12 April 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

97

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Page  71,  line  1,  leave out Schedule 3

 


 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

104

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  77,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(aaa)    

in the case of a person who has not attained the age of 18 years, a live

 

audio link or a live video link is in the individual’s best interests,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures the court will only give direction to under 18 year olds to take part

 

through a live audio link or a live video link, when it is in their best interests.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

105

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  78,  line  36,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Together with amendments 98 to 109, this amendment would require that reasons be given for

 

issuing live link directions, rather than for not giving them.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

106

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  78,  line  38,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

107

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  78,  line  41,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

108

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  78,  line  43,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 12 April 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

109

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  79,  line  5,  leave out paragraph (10) and insert—

 

“(10)    

A court may not deal with bail, sentencing or any hearing where a remand

 

decision is to be made, other than for the purposes of giving evidence, through a

 

live audio link.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would prevent live audio links being used in bail or sentencing proceedings, or

 

at any hearing where a remand decision is to be made, except for the purposes of giving evidence.

 


 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

110

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  87,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

in the case of a person who has not attained the age of 18 years, a live

 

audio link or a live video link is in the individual’s best interests,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures the court will only give direction to under 18 year olds to take part

 

through a live audio link or a live video link, when it is in their best interests.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

111

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  89,  line  1,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

112

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  89,  line  3,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

113

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  89,  line  6,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 12 April 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

114

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  89,  line  8,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

115

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  91,  line  10,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

116

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  91,  line  13,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

117

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  93,  line  1,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

118

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  93,  line  3,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

119

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  93,  line  6,  leave out “not”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 97.

 

Sir Oliver Heald

 

52

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  96,  line  14,  leave out “accused” and insert “offender”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment makes the terminology of this provision consistent with other provision in Part 1

 

of Schedule 5.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 12 April 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Sir Oliver Heald

 

53

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  96,  line  16,  leave out “accused” and insert “offender”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment makes the terminology of this provision consistent with other provision in Part 1

 

of Schedule 5.

 

Sir Oliver Heald

 

54

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  97,  line  32,  leave out “deals with” and insert “is minded to deal

 

with a person for”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment makes the terminology of this provision consistent with other provision in Part 1

 

of Schedule 5.

 


 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

32

 

Clause  34,  page  33,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Within two years of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of State shall

 

commission an independent evaluation of matters under section 34 and shall lay

 

the report of the evaluation before each House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures the Secretary of State will undertake a review within two years of the

 

Bill’s provisions relating to public participation in proceedings conducted by video and audio.

 


 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

101

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  36,  page  35,  line  6,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

“(2)    

The person is convicted of the offence by virtue of—

 

(a)    

accepting the automatic online conviction; and

 

(b)    

not revoking this acceptance during the period of 14 days following, but

 

not including the day of, acceptance.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would enable a person convicted of an offence and who accepts the automatic

 

online conviction to revoke that decision within a period of 14 days.

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Richard Burgon

 

102

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  36,  page  35,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(ba)    

the accused has been made aware of their right to seek legal advice;


 
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