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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 25th March 2004

STANDING COMMITTEE D


JUSTICE (NORTHERN IRELAND) BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Resolution of the programming Sub-Committee [24th March].

RESOLUTION OF THE PROGRAMMING SUB-COMMITTEE

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill agreed to the following Resolution at its meeting on Wednesday 24th March (Sessional Order C relating to Programming):

       That—

    (1)   during proceedings on the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill the Standing Committee shall meet on Thursdays at 9.10 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.;

    (2)   4 sittings shall be allotted to the consideration of the Bill in Committee;

    (3)   the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clause 1, Schedule 1, Clauses 2 to 4, New Clauses relating to removal or suspension from judicial offices, Clauses 5 to 10, Schedule 2, Clauses 11 to 15, Schedule 3, Clauses 16 and 17, Schedule 4, Clauses 18 to 22, Other New Clauses, New Schedules, remaining proceedings on the Bill;

    (4)   Proceedings on the Bill shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 1st April 2004.

Mr John Spellar has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee [Sessional Order C(9) relating to Programming].


   

Mr David Trimble

47

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out from 'Schedule 1' to end of line 7.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

55

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out 'Lord Chancellor' and insert 'Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs'.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

28

Page     1,     line     2,     leave out Clause 1.


   

Mr David Trimble

51

Schedule     1,     page     12,     leave out lines 3 and 4 and insert 'Amendments to Part 1 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002.'.

   

Mr David Trimble

52

Schedule     1,     page     12,     line     4,     at end insert 'In section (1) of the 2002 Act, leave out "of justice".'.

   

Mr David Trimble

53

Schedule     1,     page     12,     line     8,     at end insert—

      '(a) 2A section 4 is amended as follows,

      (b) In subsection (2) of section 12 after the words "Lord Justice of Appeal" at end insert "or a judge of the High Court".

      (c) leave out section 12A.'.

   

Mr David Trimble

54

Schedule     1,     page     12,     line     24,     at end insert—

    '(7)   In section 9 leave out the words "Lay Magistrate" wherever they occur and substitute "Justice of the Peace".

    (8)   leave out section 10.'.


   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

10

Clause     2,     page     1,     line     9,     at beginning insert—

    '( )   In section 3 of the 2002 Act (makeup of the Commission)

      (a) in subsection 5(a) for 'five', substitute 'six' and

      (b) in subsection 5(c), for 'five', substitute 'four'.

   

Mr Alistair Carmichael
Mr David Trimble

1

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     1,     leave out from 'Chancellor' to end of line 3.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

30

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     1,     leave out from 'Chancellor' to end of line 7 and insert 'to ensure those persons appointed to be lay members must so far as possible have a sophisticated understanding of legal issues as well as proven experience in selection procedure.'.

   

Mr Alistair Carmichael

2

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     4,     leave out 'their' and insert 'his'.

   

Mr David Trimble

49

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     7,     at end insert 'At the beginning of subsection 8 of section 3 of the 2002 Act, insert "The lay members should be selected on the basis of the additional value they would bring to the Commission's deliberation, including such qualities as experience of selection processes, the court users' perspective and the utility to assess the personal qualities of candidates.".'.

   

Mr Alistair Carmichael

3

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '(9)   Those responsible for making appointments under subsection (8) shall carry out their duties with due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity in relation to—

      (a) religion and political opinion;

      (b) gender;

      (c) race;

      (d) disability;

      (e) age;

      (f) marital status;

      (g) dependants; and

      (h) sexual orientation.'.

   

Mr David Trimble

50

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '(1)   In Schedule 2 to the 2002 Act in paragraph 11 (Delegation) for sub-sub-paragraph (1) leave out from "functions" to end and insert "except the function of selecting a person for appointment, or recommendation for appointment, to an office, to any of its committees.".

    (2)   In Schedule 2 to the 2002 Act, leave out paragraph 12.'.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Alistair Carmichael

11

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     8,     leave out subsection 2.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

29

Page     1,     line     8,     leave out Clause 2.


   

Mr Andrew Hunter
The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
Mr Nigel Dodds
Mrs Iris Robinson

24

Clause     3,     page     2,     leave out lines 24 to 38.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Alistair Carmichael

12

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     25,     after 'of', insert 'continuous'.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

31

Clause     3,     page     2,     leave out lines 26 to 38.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

56

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     26,     after 'of', insert 'continuous'.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

13

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     36,     at end insert—

    '(11)   The Commission shall submit a report annually to the Lord Chancellor on the progress of the programme of action and the Lord Chancellor shall lay this report before Parliament.'.


   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

14

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     5,     at end insert 'and—

      (c) consult the Lord Chancellor.'.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

15

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     7,     after 'consult', insert 'the Lord Chancellor and'.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

16

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     11,     after 'advice', insert 'as to the substance of their recommendation and'.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

17

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(7)   Any recommendation made to the Prime Minister under this section shall contain no fewer than 2 names.'.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

32

Page     2,     line     39,     leave out Clause 4.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO REMOVAL OR SUSPENSION
FROM JUDICIAL OFFICES

Removal or suspension from listed judicial offices

   

Mr John Spellar

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    'In section 7 of the 2002 Act in subsection (5) (agreement of the Lord Chief Justice required to the removal or suspension of a person from a listed judicial office) for "without the agreement of" substitute "except after consultation with".'.


   

Mr Andrew Hunter
The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
Mr Nigel Dodds
Mrs Iris Robinson

25

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     30,     after 'shall', insert 'within his discretion'.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

34

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     32,     leave out 'may have' and insert 'has'.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

35

Clause     5,     page     3,     leave out lines 33 to 35.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

36

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     38,     at end insert 'No reference shall be made in subsection (4A) if the conduct giving rise to the intended referral took place after the coming into force of this section.'.

   

Mr David Trimble
The Reverend Martin Smyth

33

Page     3,     line     23,     leave out Clause 5.


   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr Hugo Swire
Mr Andrew Robathan

57

Clause     6,     page     4,     line     15,     after 'whether', insert 'or not'.

 
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