Amendments proposed to the Criminal Justice Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Mr Secretary Blunkett

92

Page     23,     line     36     [Clause     34],     at end insert—

          '(9A)   Where the accused has given a statement of the kind mentioned in section 6B(3A), then, for the purposes of subsections (2)(f)(ii) and (iv), the question as to whether there has been a breach of the requirements imposed by or under section 6A or a failure to comply with section 6A(2)(a) or (b) shall be determined—

          (a) by reference to the state of affairs at the time when that statement was given, and

          (b) as if the defence statement was given at the same time as that statement.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

93

Page     23,     line     47     [Clause     34],     at end insert—

      '(iii) where he has given both an initial defence statement and a statement of the kind mentioned in section 6B(3A), to the initial defence statement;'.


   

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas

114

Page     39,     line     31     [Clause     61],     at end add 'or (anonymity of defendants in sexual offence cases)'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 7

Rules of court

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

NC29

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Rules of court may make such provision as appears to the authority making them to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of this Part.

    (2)   Without limiting subsection (1), rules of court may in particular make provision for time limits within which applications under this Part must be made or within which other things in connection with this Part must be done.

    (3)   Nothing in this section is to be taken as affecting the generality of any enactment conferring powers to make rules of court.'.


Applications by prosecution for complex and lengthy trial to be conducted before a jury of experts

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section applies where one or more defendants are to be tried on indictment for one or more offences.

    (2)   The prosecution or the defendant may apply to a judge of the Crown Court for the trial to be conducted before a jury of experts.

    (3)   If an application under subsection (2) is made and the judge is satisfied that both of the following two conditions are fulfilled he must make an order that the trial be conducted before a jury of experts, but if he is not so satisfied he must refuse the application.

    (4)   The first condition is that the complexity of the trial and its length—

      (a) is likely to make the trial so burdensome to the members of a jury hearing the trial that it is necessary in the interests of justice for the trial to be conducted before a jury of experts.

      (b) would be likely to place an excessive burden upon the life of a typical juror.

    (5)   The second condition is that the complexity and length will be attributable—

      (a) to the fact that the issues likely to be material to the verdict of a jury hearing the trial relate to arrangements, transactions or records of a financial or commercial nature or which relate to property, and

      (b) to the likely volume of evidence relating to those issues.

    (6)   In deciding whether or not he is satisfied that both of those two conditions are fulfilled, the judge must have regard to any steps which might reasonably be taken to reduce the complexity or length of the trial (or both).

    (7)   But a step is not to be regarded as reasonable if it would significantly disadvantage the prosecution or the defendant.'.


Expert juries

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   A jury of experts shall be constituted by 12 members drawn from the following professional bodies—

      (a) The Royal Institute of Chartered Accountants;

      (b) The Society of Actuaries.

    (2)   The Lord Chancellor may by order amend the list of professional bodies from which expert jurors are drawn.

    (3)   The Lord Chancellor shall maintain a list of eligible persons willing to serve as expert jurors.

    (4)   The Lord Chancellor may pay to any expert juror such remuneration as he may determine.'.


Application by defendant for trial to be conducted without jury

   

Vera Baird
Tony Wright
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews
Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr Mark Fisher
Denzil Davies

NC23

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section applies where one or more defendants are to be tried on indictment for one or more offences.

    (2)   The defendant, or any of the defendants, may apply to a judge of the Crown Court for the trial to be conducted without a jury.

    (3)   The judge may make an order that the trial is to be conducted without a jury if satisfied that subsection (4) applies.

    (4)   This subsection applies if the judge is satisfied there is a substantial risk that the defendant will not receive a fair trial if tried by a jury.

    (5)   When deciding whether the subsection (4) applies the judge shall give consideration to the following—

      (a) the nature of the case;

      (b) any submissions made by the prosecution or the defence;

      (c) any other relevant factors.

    (6)   Before making any submissions under subsection (5)(b) the prosecution shall take into consideration the wishes and interests of any witnesses.

    (7)   If two or more defendants are to be tried and any of them opposes an application under subsection (2) then subsection (4) will not apply.'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois
Vera Baird
Tony Wright

1

Page     24,     line     12,     leave out Clause 36.

   

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas

141

Page     24,     line     15     [Clause     36],     at beginning insert 'Subject to subsection (2A)'.

   

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas

111

Page     24,     line     16     [Clause     36],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   In a case of serious historical complex abuse, the defendant may apply to a judge of the Crown Court for the trial to be conducted with an expert jury.

    (2B)   The Secretary of State shall by order define the qualifications or experience necessary for a person to serve on a jury in a case of serious historical complex abuse.'.

   

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas

142

Page     24,     line     16     [Clause     36],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   A defendant who is charged with a sexual offence which was investigated as part of a complex historical abuse case may apply to a judge of the Crown Court for the trial to be conducted by an expert jury appointed in accordance with guidance issued by the Lord Chancellor as to the qualifications and experience necessary for a person to serve on such an expert jury.'.

   

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas

112

Page     24,     line     17     [Clause     36],     after '(2)', insert 'or (2A).'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois
Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr Menzies Campbell

2

Page     25,     line     10,     leave out Clause 37.

   

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas

143

Page     25,     line     13     [Clause     37],     at end insert 'other than a sexual offence which was investigated as part of a complex historical abuse case.'.

   

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas

113

Page     25,     line     13     [Clause     37],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   This section does not apply in a case of serious historical complex abuse.'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois
Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr Menzies Campbell

3

Page     25,     line     38,     leave out Clause 38.


   

Vera Baird
Tony Wright
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews
Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr Mark Fisher
Denzil Davies

128

Page     26,     line     1     [Clause     38],     leave out 'satisfied' and insert 'convinced'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois

4

Page     26,     line     19     [Clause     39],     leave out 'under sections 36 to 38'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois

5

Page     26,     line     20     [Clause     39],     leave out from 'applies' to end of line 24 and insert 'to any application under section (Applications by prosecution for complex and lengthy trial to be conducted before a jury of experts) above.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

203

Page     26,     line     38     [Clause     39],     leave out '39(1)' and insert '39'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

204

Page     26,     line     41     [Clause     39],     leave out '39(1)' and insert '39'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois

6

Page     26,     line     42     [Clause     39],     leave out 'section 36, 37 or 38' and insert 'section (Applications by prosecution for complex and lengthy trial to be conducted before a jury of experts)'.


   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

205

Page     27,     line     2     [Clause     39],     leave out '39(1)' and insert '39'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

206

Page     27,     line     11     [Clause     39],     leave out '39(1)' and insert '39'.

 
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