Courts of Summary Jurisdiction (Procedure).

Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons on 9th October 1924.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Fletcher Mr Reginald Fletcher , Basingstoke


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce a measure to provide that in courts of summary jurisdiction the magistrate, or the magistrate's clerk, shall at the beginning of the proceedings explain to the accused, in ordinary language, the offence with which he is charged and the method of procedure of the court?

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

My right hon. Friend would be glad if the procedure in courts of summary jurisdiction could be simplified, but he cannot promise immediate legislation to the effect suggested in the question.