Results 181–200 of 258 for speaker:Lord Stewart of Dirleton

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, in relation to the Question posed by the noble Lord on behalf of the noble Lord, Lord Beith, we spent more than a quarter of £1 billion on recovery in the last financial year, making court buildings safe, rolling out new technology for remote hearings and opening 60 Nightingale courtrooms. Although there is further to go, this has made a difference. In the Crown Courts, we are...

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, at the Nightingale venues, we use experienced court staff who are trained to deal with the type of work heard on site. While Nightingales deal with non-custodial cases, by taking this work away from the main court estate, custody cases can be heard in our specialist facilities faster than would otherwise be possible. To expand further our capacity to hear complex cases, we have also...

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, prior to Covid, the outstanding case load in the Crown Court was 39,000, which is well within the range of 33,000 to 55,000 over the last decade. At its lowest point, it was even as low as 33,000, in 2018-19. Immediately before the pandemic, the Government were increasing sitting days in the criminal courts to address rising demand.

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am obliged to my noble friend for her question. The recovery steps taken have made a difference, allowing us to complete around 2,000 cases each week—the same figure as before the pandemic. I assure my noble friend that the decisions taken to close courts were not, and are not, taken lightly; they are taken alongside public consultation.

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, we are keenly aware of the need to improve timeliness for both defendants and victims, and to mitigate the impact of delays on complainers and witnesses in such cases. To that extent, I agree with what the noble Lord asked in his question.

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I repeat the answer given previously: the department does not collect specific data on the level of offending by defendants on court bail. However, as the noble Lord is aware—and as Members present may not be aware—the commission of a crime on bail is itself an aggravation, which will be reflected in the sentence.

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, we acknowledge that, in many cases, participation by way of remote hearings is valuable for people in such positions. None the less, we also appreciate that it is not appropriate for all such people, whether they be witnesses or complainers in cases.

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, prior to retirement, judges below the High Court are already able to have their appointments extended on an annual basis up to the age of 75 where there is a business need. After retirement, salaried judges are already able to be authorised to sit beyond the current retirement age of 70, on an ad hoc basis, up to the age of 75. We are using our fee-paid judges, as well as salaried...

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I repeat the figure that I gave earlier: over a quarter of £1 billion has been spent on a range of measures to increase Crown Court capacity. With respect to the additional measures that the noble and learned Lord outlined, I regret that I do not have to hand details of consultation and discussions, but I undertake to write to him on behalf of my noble friend Lord Wolfson in the...

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I do not accept the adjectival premises on which the noble Lord’s questions were based. I refer to my earlier answers about the spending that has been identified in relation to these matters.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, Amendments 7 and 8 seek to remove Clauses 8 and 9 from the Bill. Clause 8, in conjunction with Schedule 2, introduces new factors to which the courts must have particular regard when deciding whether to allow personal injury or death claims connected with overseas military operations to proceed after the primary time limit expires, and sets the maximum time limit for such claims at...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Crown Prosecution Service: ICT (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: There is no planned update or change to Crown Prosecutions Service’s existing IT systems to undertake electronic searches of relevant records by character string.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 23 (11 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the limitation longstops provide service personnel with a greater level of certainty that they will not be called on to give evidence in court many years after an event. The uncertainty that the Bill proposes to address can have a significant effect on service personnel and veterans. It prevents them from drawing a line under certain traumatic experiences, always knowing that there...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 22 (11 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: These amendments relate to the date of knowledge provisions in Part 2 of the Bill. Before I address the substance of the amendments, I wish to issue a clarification regarding a statement I made in the previous sitting on Tuesday evening. I said that, while 94% of service personnel already bring their claims within the relevant time, “it must be the case that many of the remaining 6% will...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 21 (11 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I have listened with care to the remarks advanced by noble Lords in relation to this proposed amendment. At the outset, may I note and associate myself with remarks made by noble Lords as to the tenor of the speech introducing this part of the debate by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford. This seems to me, drawing on my short experience in your Lordships’ House, to be of a...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 20 (9 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I am again grateful to those noble Lords who have contributed to this short debate. The Bill introduces three factors that the courts must consider and pay particular regard to when deciding whether to allow Human Rights Act claims connected with overseas operations to proceed after the one-year primary limitation period has expired. We feel that these factors are an important part...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 19 (9 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I begin by addressing Amendment 29, which seeks to carve out claims from service personnel and veterans from the limitation longstops in the Bill. I have to be clear from the outset: such a carve-out would amount to an unjustifiable difference in treatment between different categories of claimants and would therefore be likely to be incompatible with the United Kingdom’s...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (3 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, I assure the noble Baroness that that suggestion has lodged in my skull and will have been noted by others, and we will come back to it in due course. On her specific question on whether the post-legislative scrutiny of the Bill is distinct from the review of polygraph testing, I am happy to confirm that that is the case.

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (3 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: My Lords, the amendments in this group would all require the Secretary of State to commission independent reviews into various aspects of the operation of the Bill and to lay the resulting reports before both Houses of Parliament. I welcome the considerable appetite for scrutiny of these measures and for the accumulation of data—the facts and statistics that the noble Baroness, Lady Jones...


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