Source: British Parliament News
12 December 2018
MPs are to debate the remaining stages of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary Functions of Staff) Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 12 December 2018.
MPs are to debate the remaining stages of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary Functions of Staff) today in the House of Commons. Some of the amendments are concerned with the minimum legal qualifications for court and tribunal staff. The debate is expected to commence at 1.45pm, following the Ten Minute Rule Motion on International Trade and Development Agency.
Previous Commons stages
Second reading: 27 November 2018
The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke, opened the debate on behalf of the Government. Yasmin Qureshi, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
The Bill was read a second time without a division. It was then submitted to a Public Bill Committee.Second reading is an opportunity for MPs to debate the general principles of the Bill before voting on it. MPs cannot table amendments for this stage, and hold one vote after the debate determining if the Bill will progress or fall.
Public Bill Committee: 4 December 2018
The Bill was debated in Committee stage on 4 December 2018.
Courts and Tribunals Bill
Summary of the Bill
The Courts Bill as introduced is short, containing only four clauses and a Schedule. It makes three key changes:
It makes it possible to deploy certain judicial office-holders with more flexibility throughout the courts and tribunals system than is presently allowed.
It renames the “Chief Bankruptcy Registrar” as the “Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge” and makes it easier for similar judicial titles to be changed by delegated legislation.
Overhauls the regulatory underpinning for delegating court functions from judges to certain court staff, and extends the availability of this delegation to the Crown Court.
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Courts and Tribunals Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published a briefing paper for Second Reading.
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