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Clause 21 - Duty to consult lay justices on matters affecting them etc.

Courts Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 1st July 2003.

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Amendment proposed: No. 31, in

clause 21, page 10, line 34, at end insert

', and shall take into account the views of lay justices in any local justice area before making any changes regarding that local justice area, and in particular shall not allow any court building in any local justice area to be closed if the lay justices believe that location needs a court to continue to operate there in the interests of local justice, regardless of Lord Chancellor's Department circulars and guidance.'.—[Mr. Hawkins.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The Committee divided: Ayes 5, Noes 10.

Division number 1 Adults Abused in Childhood — Clause 21 - Duty to consult lay justices on matters affecting them etc.

Aye: 5 MPs

No: 10 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 21 ordered to stand part of the Bill.