The provisions have two purposes. The first, addressed in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the schedule, is to rectify an error in the provisions for making court rules to deal with an excepted matter in Northern Ireland following the devolution of policing in 2010. In other words, this is a tidying-up exercise.
The schedule’s second purpose is to make changes to the rule-making procedures for the magistrates court, county court and inquests to bring such procedures into line with the other court rule-making procedures. We expect the legislative consent motion to be secured before the Bill goes to the Lords.