New Clause 73

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 29 November 2007.

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Northern Ireland Commissioner for Prison Complaints: obstruction and contempt

‘(1) The Commissioner may, if satisfied that the condition in subsection (2) is met in relation to a person, refer the matter to the High Court.

(2) The condition is that the person—

(a) has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by virtue of section (Northern Ireland Commissioner for Prison Complaints: powers of Commissioner to obtain information etc) or has otherwise, without lawful excuse, obstructed the performance of any of the Commissioner’s functions; or

(b) has committed an act or omission in relation to an investigation which, if the investigation were proceedings in the High Court, would constitute contempt of court.

(3) The High Court may inquire into the matter referred by the Commissioner and, if satisfied that the condition in subsection (2) is met, may deal with the person concerned as if that person were in contempt of court.’.—[Maria Eagle.]

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