Results 1–20 of 354 for speaker:Lord Woolf

Parole Board (Amendment) Rules 2022 - Motion to Regret (18 Oct 2022)

Lord Woolf: I am really rather surprised at what the Minister says. I have sat in courts for many years. To suggest that an expert cannot give an opinion as to what should be the outcome is something I find contrary to everything I remember from my experience, which admittedly was a long time ago.

Imprisonment for Public Protection Scheme - Question for Short Debate (13 Oct 2022)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, I look to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Garnier, for a sign that the message has got home. This injustice should never have happened in the first place but, having happened, surely there is a very heavy burden on the state to rectify the injustice for which it is responsible. I hope this reminder, if it is needed—I hope it is not—gets home and persuades the House and those...

Crime, Reoffending and Rehabilitation - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2022)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, it is with some hesitation that I rise to my feet to talk. There was a time—the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, has identified that time—when I knew a lot about prisons. However, that time has long passed and I have now got to a stage where, I am afraid, I would have difficulty in identifying the large number of prisons I visited, both in this country and abroad. However, I am sure...

Probation and Court Services: Workload - Question ( 9 Jun 2022)

Lord Woolf: Do the figures that the House has been given by the Minister reflect the view of the Lord Chancellor that the approach to probation should include responsibility for giving the views of victims of crime after a person has been convicted?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (12 May 2022)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, I am the latest in what I will call the pack of former senior judges who have addressed this debate. I do not propose to do more than to indicate that I agree with everything that they said. On those subjects, I have nothing to usefully add. However, I feel that I should also mention just one or two of the other speakers who are not members of the pack, but who have also made...

Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 126 (29 Nov 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble and learned friend Lord Etherton, in this debate, but it was of great concern to hear what the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, said in his remarks. I am hugely impressed by the other names that have been supporting the suggestion that the age should be raised to 72 rather than 75, as the Government have proposed. I have the advantage that the noble...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 208A (15 Nov 2021)

Lord Woolf: I was not intending to contribute to this debate, but I think decency requires me to do so, because looking in the past, I was the person who perhaps failed the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, in persuading him at his time as Home Secretary of the extent of the error which he was making. I think he may remember that I did attempt at the time to dissuade him from this course, but I obviously failed...

Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 7 Sep 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, I welcome the Government’s action in promoting this Bill, and I hope it will be enacted without delay. In that regard, I was rather concerned to hear the submissions of the noble Lord, Lord Davies, which indicated that perhaps it will not be as straightforward a process as I would hope. I refer to the entries on the record relating to my judicial career. Before I retired, the...

Royal Commission on the Criminal Justice System - Question ( 6 Jul 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble and learned friend Lord Garnier. I was going to congratulate the Government on deciding that there should be a royal commission, but I am now nervous as to whether it will be pursued as it should be. Royal commissions have obtained a reputation for delay, and this is an unfortunate precedent for what is happening now. I hope, however, that we...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Females (23 Jun 2021)

Lord Woolf: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure women prison leavers in accommodation provided through the temporary accommodation scheme of the Ministry of Justice are assisted into permanent accommodation.

Youth Justice Statistics - Question (10 Jun 2021)

Lord Woolf: I refer to my interests in the register that are relevant to this Question. In particular, I refer to my presidency of the Prison Reform Trust. In view of what the Minister rightly said about the concerns in relation to the statistics referred to in the Question, does she not think that this could be a good opportunity to take positive action, at least to start dealing with the very worrying...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (18 May 2021)

Lord Woolf: One of the proposals included in the gracious Speech is the statement that legislation will be introduced to “restore the balance of power between the executive, legislature and the courts”. The suggestion is that certain decisions of the courts on applications for judicial review are responsible for this alleged lack of balance. Having been personally involved in judicial review since...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, like others, I congratulate the Faulks committee on the work it has done and the circumstances in which it did it. I also indicate that there is at least merit in considering further the two matters which the Government propose to act upon. However, I ask the Government to bear in mind that judicial review has, so far, been very much a process which has evolved. It is most important...

Hong Kong Courts: British Judges - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, I refer to my entries in the register and my former position as a non-permanent judge of Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal, and my engagements to establish, and then become, respectively, president and Chief Justice of the commercial courts in Qatar and Kazakhstan, both of which are modelled on our commercial court and have former senior British judges on the Bench. I also refer...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 ( 9 Feb 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, it has been a privilege to listen to the speeches this afternoon. I have benefited very much from what has been said by all noble Lords and I make these submissions bearing that in mind. At the moment, I see Clause 35(1) as the most important provision dealing with polygraph licence conditions. What we have heard this afternoon indicates just how clearly we are engaged on a learning...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 10 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, in view of the speeches we have had from a number of noble Lords, there is nothing which I would want to detain noble Lords with regarding this amendment. I agree that it serves a useful purpose and particularly associate myself with the remarks made by the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, with regard to the openness of the Front Bench on behalf of the Government. Like him, I hope that...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, I adopt what the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer, said and will add a few words. Although it was not accepted, I suggest that, from a practical point of view, the other provisions of the Bill would fall within what the Secretary of State might want to consider in reviewing the effectiveness of the section once a year has passed. That makes such a review highly desirable. It is...

Serious Criminal Cases Backlog - Commons Urgent Question (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, any backlog in the criminal justice system is worrying because it results in delays, and delays breed delays and result in injustice. They must not be allowed to fester because of the damage they can do to the justice system as a whole. This backlog is especially worrying because of its scale, its subject matter and because it is no doubt substantially due to Covid. What is required...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Second Reading (20 Jan 2021)

Lord Woolf: My Lords, it is with satisfaction that I follow the last speaker, because I have very little to say about this Bill, other than that it is clearly in need of drastic treatment. The Bill has two sides, one in relation to the criminal law and the other in relation to the civil law. With regard to the civil law, the obvious course to take is for a consultation to take place with the Lord Chief...

Law Enforcement: Brexit Impacts - Question ( 6 Jan 2021)

Lord Woolf: Could the Minister tell me how she will ensure that the new arrangements, which are obviously welcome, are working efficiently and not leading to delays that will hamper the workings of the criminal justice system in this country?


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