Crime and Courts Bill [HL]

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE
OF THE WHOLE HOUSE
[Supplementary to the Third Marshalled List]

Clause 17

LORD BEECHAM

LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON

68A*

Page 16, line 21, at end insert—

“(7) There shall be no restriction on the number of days that a family magistrate may sit in the family proceedings court.”

After Clause 17

LORD BEECHAM

LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON

68B*

Insert the following new Clause—

“Review and report to Parliament

The Secretary of State shall conduct a review into the effect of the provisions establishing a single county court and the family court, to commence one year after the coming into force of this Act, and shall publish a report on the review to both Houses of Parliament within eighteen months from the date of commencement.”

68C*

Insert the following new Clause—

“Review into the Courts and Tribunal Service

The Lord Chancellor shall conduct a review into the courts and tribunal service, including the public guardianship office, on an annual basis, including reports on its efficiency, cost, ease of access, and user and practitioner satisfaction, and specifically the impact of court closures on court users and access to justice, and shall publish a report on the review to both Houses of Parliament.”

68D*

Insert the following new Clause—

“Provision of information service for court users

An adequate information service must be provided for court users at each county court, which may be provided in partnership with a voluntary organisation.”

Schedule 12

LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON

LORD BEECHAM

121AA*

Page 172, line 41, at end insert—

“Duty to promote diversity in the judiciary

After section 64 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 insert—

“64A Duty to promote diversity in the judiciary

(1) The Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Commission shall each be under a duty to promote diversity in the judiciary.

(2) For the avoidance of doubt, the duty set out in this section is additional to the duty on the Commission set out in section 64.

(3) Each of the persons and the Commission identified in subsection (1) shall lay before Parliament a report annually, describing their performance of the duty in this section, and in the Commission’s case the duty in section 64 as well, and the contribution made towards a more diverse judiciary, in the preceding year.

(4) These duties shall continue for five years, but may be extended for five year terms by order.

(5) This section is subject to section 63.””

121AB*

Page 173, line 32, at end insert—

“Judicial Appointments

13A After section 65 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 insert—

“65A Additional guidance

The Lord Chancellor, after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, the Treasury Solicitor and the chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission, shall issue guidance as to the circumstances in which those employed by the Government Legal Service, the Crown Prosecution Service or any other government legal office may apply for any of the judicial office or tribunal posts, which are in the remit of the Judicial Appointments Commission.””

121AC*

Page 174, line 11, leave out “not be greater than” and insert “be less”

123A*

Page 176, line 35, leave out paragraph 27

124A*

Page 177, line 27, leave out paragraph 28

126A*

Page 184, line 32, leave out paragraph 40

Prepared 25th June 2012