Conduct of criminal proceedings on the papers

Part of Prisons and Courts Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 18th April 2017.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 5:30 pm, 18th April 2017

I agree that these are judicial decisions, but I believe there is a case for flexibility. Where appropriate, any legislation that requires that a pre-trial or enforcement matter be determined at a hearing, if that is to be removed, the courts can still on a case-by-case basis decide whether a hearing is required. That, of course, is a provision that requires the support not just of the Lord Chancellor but of the Lord Chief Justice. I certainly take the hon. Gentleman’s point but still commend the clause to the Committee.