Clause 5

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Leader of the Social Democratic & Labour Party 6:45 pm, 16th January 2007

Does the Minister agree—well, I do not expect him to agree with the premise of the point,   so I will rephrase it. Does the Minister accept that the problems with the credibility of a situation where certificates are issued without the information being revealed or indicated, and people do not know why the certificates were issued, would be compounded if the court that was held on the basis of a certificate could convict someone and, as a result of the measure, not be under an obligation to produce a statement of judgment in a timely fashion that said why they were convicted? Then, people would say, “We weren’t told why we were going to a non-jury court, and now we’ve been convicted and we’re not even told why we have been convicted.”