Criminal Justice Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 15th July 2003.

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Photo of Lord Ackner Lord Ackner Crossbench 4:30 pm, 15th July 2003

Before my noble and learned friend sits down, I wonder whether he has seen an article in the New Law Journal setting out a summary of the report of the Fraud Advisory Panel working party, which states:

"Experience in some of the Commonwealth jurisdictions which allow defendants to elect to be tried by a judge alone (for example, the state of New South Wales in Australia and New Zealand) suggests that the judges there have come to think that public confidence in the criminal justice system may be eroded if controversial cases are routinely tried this way. There is the added danger—set out in the consultation document—that confidence might be further eroded by a system which encourages the presentation of the case in a specialised way which may preclude its comprehension by the wider public".