New Clause 31 — Duty to Give Reasons

Criminal Justice Bill — [3rd Alloted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:54 pm on 20th May 2003.

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'(1) Any court making an order under subsection (2) or (4) of section (Determination of minimum term in relation to mandatory life sentence) must state in open court, in ordinary language, its reasons for deciding on the order made.

(2) In stating its reasons the court must, in particular—

(a) state which of the starting points in Schedule (Determination of minimum term in relation to mandatory life sentence) it has chosen and its reasons for doing so, and

(b) state its reasons for any departure from that starting point.'.—[Paul Goggins.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.