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Good Friday Agreement: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I have lived all my 84 years in Northern Ireland. My home is in Belfast, but I also feel at home in Dublin, Cork or Galway. Like many other people living in Northern Ireland, I have visited, travelled and holidayed in the Republic. My brother lives in Dublin. It is not a foreign place as far as people are concerned. They are not aliens, they are not people we are glaring at through...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) ( 2 May 2018)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I have lived all my life in Belfast. That is rather a long time: even longer than my old and valued, noble and right reverend friend Lord Eames has. During those years, I have been backwards and forwards across the border many, many times, without let or hindrance. That is why I want to focus—just for the purpose of my remarks this afternoon—on subsection (2)(b) of the proposed...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (9th Day): Amendment 261 (21 Mar 2018)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I had not intended to intervene in this debate, partly because I was not present at Second Reading. I apologise to your Lordships for that but there were certain problems that I had at home. But I am impelled to do so by what has been said so very eloquently by many of your Lordships today. I have lived the whole of my life in Belfast and been through a considerable amount in that...

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Oct 2017)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I shall just add a very brief grace note in the gap. The day before I was sworn in as a High Court judge, a booby-trap bomb was left under my car. By the grace of God, I saw it and I escaped. A very brave ammunitions technical officer risked his life to try to diffuse it and, unhappily, was only partly successful. The explosion took place and there was an immense amount of damage...

Armed Services: Claims - Motion to Take Note (24 Nov 2016)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I congratulate my noble and learned friend Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood on bringing this topic before the House in today’s debate. It is one well worthy of your Lordships’ consideration. I must say to the House at the outset that I, too, was a member of the panel of the Appellate Committee of your Lordships’ House which heard the Al-Skeini appeal—the case of Baha Mousa....

House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (15 Sep 2015)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Oppenheim-Barnes, has had to withdraw her name from the speakers list, so I shall follow now. We are all agreed—or perhaps I might say all but one agreed—that the number of Members of this House is too large and that some steps are required to bring it down to a suitable level. As to what those steps should be, well, one is reminded of the old Latin tag...

Human Rights and Civil Liberties — Motion to Take Note ( 2 Jul 2015)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I have to confess to a degree of hesitation about entering into a debate on the topic of human rights with the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, whose knowledge of the subject is encyclopaedic and whose experience is unrivalled. However, I have a point to put before your Lordships and a suggestion to make, therefore I shall dare to be a Daniel. Sir John Major said some time...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (5th Day) (30 Jul 2014)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, it is a known principle of the law that first-hand evidence is better than second-hand. As one who received and considered interventions in many appeals over the years, perhaps I may intervene briefly to assure the Committee how exactly correct the representations made by the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, and the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy, were concerning the usefulness of...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (4th Day) (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, in brief compass I will say, if I may, that I support the amendments and all that has been said about Clause 64 by those who have opposed it. I am a little hesitant to express matters in terms of my experience because the vast experience of noble Lords with judicial and advocacy experience is such that mine appears very minor. However, it is rather personal and I may be able to give...

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill — Report (25 Feb 2014)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, the Defamation Act 2013 was wholly admirable legislation which righted and rebalanced the law of libel and slander in a thoroughly excellent way. It needed to be done and had been required for some time and I applaud the efforts of those who supported its enactment and who pioneered the hard work required to get it into legislation. I cannot understand, and I can think of no...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Report (1st Day) ( 8 Jan 2014)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, noble Lords who have spoken in favour of this amendment have produced a gamut of compelling reasons why your Lordships should support it. I will briefly focus on one aspect of the amendment and the original draft as produced to your Lordships, that of the court that has to interpret and apply the provisions, a function of which I have had fairly long experience in my time. The words...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Dec 2012)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I support this amendment. I spoke briefly in Committee and I intend to be brief again today, particularly in view of the way in which the House has so far received the amendment and what the Minister has said. Since that debate in Committee, the Law Commission has published this admirable consultation paper which contains a full and helpful discussion of the issues, the principles...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 4 Dec 2012)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I support this amendment. For most of my 50 years in courts, this function was carried out by police officers who had the authority and the presence to be able to keep order. At times in my rather coloured career, that was necessary. At one time, we received intelligence that a gun was being smuggled into court to shoot either a witness or me or both of us. Happily, it did not...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Amendment 79B withdrawn. ( 4 Dec 2012)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, Plato said: "Wise men talk when they have something to say; fools because they have to say something". I hope that what I have to say will fall into the former category, but having heard what the very experienced and authoritative noble and learned Lords, Lord Lloyd of Berwick and Lord Woolf, said, I will make my point short, simple and direct in support of the amendment. I had...

Justice and Security Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (21 Nov 2012)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, the issues in this Bill can be fairly described as a clash of rights. They could also be described as a clash of wrongs. It is wrong-terribly wrong-that people's safety and lives should be put at risk by the disclosure in the public domain of evidence that could, in some way, be withheld without irretrievably compromising the interests of justice. It is wrong, as the Government have...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day (Continued)) ( 2 Jul 2012)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, as your Lordships are aware, I was for some 20 years a judge in Northern Ireland. In that capacity, I had the function on many occasions of conducting criminal trials without a jury of very serious terrorist offences. It was a very responsible and difficult job and, in that capacity, I was scandalised more than once. I do not know whether that is a declaration of interest, but it...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (25 Jun 2012)

Lord Carswell: Perhaps I might develop the point as I come to it. I have no experience myself of a judge taking ill and being unable to carry on, but I do not think that that really assists the argument. It also applies-and I say this from my own observation-at trial court level, where it is most obvious. It is a significant factor in appellate courts. No doubt in the Supreme Court many cases are quite...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (25 Jun 2012)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, I support the amendment-

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (25 Jun 2012)

Lord Carswell: I am grateful to your Lordships, and I am sure that the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, will give us the benefit of his wisdom very shortly. I support Amendments 115 and 116, moved by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick. Your Lordships know him very well. You know his history and his distinguished attainments. Perhaps I may shortly explain where I come from, both literally and...

Bloody Sunday Inquiry — Motion to Take Note (13 Oct 2010)

Lord Carswell: My Lords, by way of exordium, I tender congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, on his maiden speech, which has been a notable contribution to this debate. He, of course, is better known to the profession and the world at large as Ken Macdonald, Director of Public Prosecutions from 2003 to 2008. That, as everyone connected with the law certainly knows, is one of the...


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