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Notices of Amendments: 18 March 2009                  

416

 

Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Mr Virendra Sharma

 

136

 

Page  5,  line  40  [Clause  10],  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

Subsection (2) shall not affect the duty on the coroner to conduct an investigation

 

which meets the requirements of section 5.’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Mr Virendra Sharma

 

137

 

Page  4,  line  31  [Clause  7],  at end insert ‘or

 

(d)    

that the death occurred in circumstances the continuance or possible

 

recurrence of which is prejudicial to the health or safety of the public or

 

any section of the public.’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Mr Virendra Sharma

 

138

 

Page  4,  line  41  [Clause  8],  leave out ‘six, seven, eight or nine’ and insert ‘not less

 

than seven nor more than eleven’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Mr Virendra Sharma

 

139

 

Page  5,  line  17  [Clause  9],  leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

 

‘(a)    

the minority consists of not more than two, and’.

 

Review of access to legal aid in inquests

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Mr Virendra Sharma

 

NC39

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall, within one year after the date on which this Act

 

receives Royal Assent, lay before both Houses of Parliament a report on access

 

to legal aid and other funding for bereaved families in relation to inquests.

 

(2)    

The report under subsection (1) shall be prepared by a person appointed by the

 

Secretary of State following consultation with—

 

(a)    

the Lord Chief Justice; and

 

(b)    

such other person as the Secretary of State shall consider appropriate to

 

consult.’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Mr Virendra Sharma

 

140

 

Page  42,  line  5  [Clause  71],  at end insert—


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 18 March 2009                  

417

 

Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

‘(7A)    

The court has the power to appoint special counsel to represent the interests of the

 

defendant in his or her absence, if it appears to the court to be appropriate to do

 

so in circumstances of the case.’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Mr Virendra Sharma

 

141

 

Page  37,  line  40  [Clause  63],  at end insert—

 

‘(8A)    

The condition in this subsection is that the Director of Public Prosecutions has

 

given his consent to the application.’.

 

Abolition of offence of criminal libel

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

NC40

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The offence of criminal libel under the common law of England and Wales is

 

abolished.

 

(2)    

In the Libel Act 1843 (6 & 7 Vict. c. 96) sections 4 (publications of libel known

 

to be false), 5 (publication of libel) and 6 (plea of truth of matters charged or of

 

not guilty) are omitted.

 

(3)    

In the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881 (44 & 45 Vict. c. 60) section

 

4 (inquiry by court of summary jurisdiction as to libel being for public benefit or

 

being true) is omitted.

 

(4)    

In the Law of Libel Amendment Act 1888 (51 & 52 Vict. c. 64) section 8 (order

 

of judge required for prosecution of newspaper proprietor, etc) is omitted.’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

142

 

Page  36,  line  4  [Clause  61],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

A person who discloses such information as regards another person as is

 

described in subsection (1) may not rely on subsection (8) in a case where—

 

(a)    

it might have been determined that the person was required or permitted

 

to withhold the information (whether on grounds of public interest

 

immunity or on other grounds), but

 

(b)    

the person disclosed the information without there having been a

 

determination as to whether the person was required or permitted to

 

withhold the information.

 

    

Disclosure for the purposes of seeking such a determination is not a contravention

 

of an investigation anonymity order.’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

143

 

Page  62,  line  2  [Clause  104],  leave out subsections (1) to (4) and insert—

 

‘(1)    

This section applies to sentencing guidelines relating to a particular offence.

 

(2)    

The guidelines must, if the Council considers it appropriate given the nature of

 

the offence, describe, by reference to one or both of the factors mentioned in

 

subsection (3), different categories of case involving the commission of the

 

offence which illustrate (in so far as it is possible to do so by reference to those

 

factors only) the varying degrees of seriousness with which the offence may be

 

committed.


 
 

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Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

(3)    

Those factors are—

 

(a)    

the offender’s culpability in committing the offence;

 

(b)    

the harm caused, or intended to be caused or which might foreseeably

 

have been caused, by the offence.

 

(4)    

The guidelines must—

 

(a)    

specify the range of sentences (“the offence range”) which, in the opinion

 

of the Council, it may be appropriate for a court to impose on an offender

 

convicted of that offence, and

 

(b)    

if the guidelines describe different categories of case under subsection

 

(2), specify for each category the range of sentences within the offence

 

range which, in the opinion of the Council, it may be appropriate for a

 

court to impose on an offender in a case which falls within the category.

 

(4A)    

The guidelines must also—

 

(a)    

specify the sentencing starting point in the offence range, or

 

(b)    

if the guidelines describe different categories of case under subsection

 

(2), specify the sentencing starting point in the offence range for each of

 

those categories.’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

144

 

Page  62,  line  29  [Clause  104],  at end insert ‘or the offender’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

145

 

Page  62,  line  42  [Clause  104],  leave out from ‘within the’ to end of line 43 and

 

insert ‘offence range.’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

146

 

Page  62,  line  44  [Clause  104],  leave out subsection (8) and insert—

 

‘(8)    

The sentencing starting point in the offence range—

 

(a)    

for a category of case described in the guidelines under subsection (2), is

 

the sentence within that range which the Council considers to be the

 

appropriate sentence for cases within that category—

 

(i)    

before taking account of the factors listed in the guidelines under

 

subsection (5), and

 

(ii)    

assuming the offender has pleaded not guilty, and

 

(b)    

where the guidelines do not describe categories of case under subsection

 

(2), is the sentence within that range which the Council considers to be

 

the appropriate sentence for the offence—

 

(i)    

before taking account of the factors listed in the guidelines under

 

subsection (5), and

 

(ii)    

assuming the offender has pleaded not guilty.’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

147

 

Page  65,  line  19  [Clause  108],  leave out ‘Subsection (3) applies’ and insert

 

‘Subsections (3) and (3A) apply’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

148

 

Page  65,  line  27  [Clause  108],  leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) and insert—


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 18 March 2009                  

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Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

‘(a)    

where the offence-specific guidelines describe categories of case under

 

section 104(2), to decide which of the categories most resembles P’s case

 

in order to identify the sentencing starting point in the offence range, and

 

(b)    

in all cases, to impose on P in accordance with the offence-specific

 

guidelines a sentence which is within the offence range.

 

‘(3A)    

In a case where a decision is made under subsection (3)(a), the range of sentences

 

specified in the guidelines under section 104(4)(b) for the category concerned is

 

to be disregarded when determining whether the court has discharged the duty

 

imposed by subsection (1).’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

149

 

Page  70,  line  40  [Clause  119],  at end insert—

 

‘“the offence range” has the meaning given by section 104(4)(a);’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

150

 

Page  71,  line  11  [Clause  119],  at end insert—

 

‘“the sentencing starting point”, in relation to the offence range, has the

 

meaning given by section 104(8);’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

151

 

Page  131,  line  30  [Schedule  4],  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

A copy of a report under this paragraph, and of the response to it, must be sent to

 

the Chief Coroner.’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

152

 

Page  182,  line  26  [Schedule  18],  at end insert—

 

‘4A      

In section 67 of that Act (general provision about orders etc under the Act) in

 

subsection (5)(a) insert at the appropriate place—

 

          “section 41A(2)(b),”.’.

 

Secretary Jack Straw

 

153

 

Page  182,  line  29  [Schedule  18],  leave out ‘(except in Part 5A)’.

 


 
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