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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 12th December 2006

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill


 

[FIRST AND SECOND Sittings]


 

Mr Mike O’Brien

 

Motion, as amended, agreed to

 

That—

 

(1)  

during proceedings on the Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill the Committee

 

shall (in addition to its first meeting at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 12th

 

December) meet—

 

(a)  

at 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 12th December;

 

(b)  

at 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 14th December;

 

(2)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 14th December.

 

As an Amendment to Mr Mike O’Brien’s proposed Motion:

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Agreed to  

 

 

Line  5,  leave out from ‘at’ in paragraph (1)(a) to ‘on’ in paragraph (1)(b) and

 

insert ‘4.30 p.m. on Tuesday 12th December;

 

(b)    

at 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.’

 


 

Mr Mike O’Brien

 

Motion agreed to

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chairman, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 12th December 2006      

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Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Crispin Blunt

 

Not selected  4

 

Page  1,  line  1,  leave out Clause 1.

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 

Clause 2 Agreed to.

 

Clause 3 Agreed to on division.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

Mr David Heath

 

Negatived on division  1

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  9,  leave out ‘months’ and insert ‘years’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

Mr David Heath

 

Not selected  2

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  10,  leave out ‘to England and Wales and’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

Mr David Heath

 

Not selected  3

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  11,  after ‘Jury)’, insert ‘(Northern Ireland)’.

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Crispin Blunt

 

Not selected  5

 

Page  2,  line  7,  leave out Clause 4.

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 


 

New Clauses

 

Application by defendants for certain fraud cases to be conducted without a jury

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Crispin Blunt

 

Withdrawn  NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 12th December 2006      

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Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill, continued

 
 

‘In section 43(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), after “prosecution”,

 

insert “, the defendant, or any of the defendants in cases where there is more than

 

one defendant,”.’.

 


 

Safeguards

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Crispin Blunt

 

Withdrawn  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 43 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In subsection (3), after second “satisfied”, insert “, or otherwise believes that such

 

an order would, if made, significantly disadvantage or otherwise prejudice a

 

defendant, or any of the defendants in cases where there is more than one

 

defendant,”.

 

(3)    

In subsection (7), at end add “, the defendant, or any of the defendants in cases

 

where there is more than one defendant.”.’.

 


 

Duty to hear oral representations

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Crispin Blunt

 

Withdrawn  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 43 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After subsection (3) insert—

 

“(3A)    

In determining an application under subsection (2) the judge will grant—

 

(a)    

the prosecution,

 

(b)    

the defendant, or

 

(c)    

any of the defendants in cases where there is more than one

 

defendant,

 

    

the opportunity to make oral representations, and will take such representations

 

into account in deciding whether to make an order that the trial is to be conducted

 

without a jury.”.

 

(3)    

In subsection (4), at end insert “and no approval may be given in circumstances

 

where the defendant, or any of the defendants in cases where there is more than

 

one defendant, have not been granted an opportunity to make oral representations

 

under subsection (3A) and for those representations to have been taken into

 

account.”.’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 12th December 2006      

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Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill, continued

 
 

Conditions to be satisfied

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Crispin Blunt

 

Withdrawn  NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 43 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), for subsection (5)

 

substitute—

 

“(5)    

The condition is that by reason of the complexity or length of the trial, or

 

both, and their likely impact on the safety of the verdict, the interests of

 

justice require that serious consideration should be given to the question

 

of whether the trial should be conducted without a jury.”.’.

 


 

Expert assessors

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Mr Crispin Blunt

 

Withdrawn  nc5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Lord Chief Justice shall appoint six assessors drawn from—

 

(a)    

the Royal Institute of Chartered Accountants,

 

(b)    

the Society of Actuaries, or

 

(c)    

other persons prescribed in regulations made by the Lord Chancellor

 

    

to determine, with the judge, the facts of fraud cases conducted without a jury

 

under section 43 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.’.

 

Bill to be reported.

 


 
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