Final Session: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill – Tuesday 1 April 2014.

The last session of the scrutiny of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill Public Committee was held.

Valerie said:

“There were two aspects of the Bill for which the opposition Labour party tabled an amendment. The first was an amendment regarding legal aid for judicial review. The amendment would prevent the Secretary of State from limiting legal aid for legal services for matters of judicial review. This amendment was voted down by the Government.”

“Clause 58 would give the Secretary of State the power to enforce regulations using statutory instruments such as delegated legislation instead of providing a full debate. The Opposition lost this important check on the Executive by 6 votes to 10.”

“The Bill has now entered its report stage prior to the third reading.”

More information about the Committee can be found here: