Criminal Justice Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:15 pm on 15th July 2003.

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Photo of Lord Donaldson of Lymington Lord Donaldson of Lymington Crossbench 5:15 pm, 15th July 2003

I am persuaded by the noble Earl that I overstated my case. Without going back to further reading, there is ample material in relation to the life imprisonment mandatory sentence, which juries disregarded bringing verdicts of diminished responsibility. I had overlooked that. Where there is a mandatory sentence, I agree that the jury is invaluable. But we ought not to have mandatory sentences.