Results 1–20 of 980 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: UK Trade with EU: Legal Profession (14 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The Future Relationship Act received Royal Assent on 31 December 2020 and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement is now enshrined into UK law. There are no plans to amend this agreement with respect to the definition of a ‘lawyer’. The legal services practice rights captured in the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement are a novel provision covering policy areas where the EU was...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Remote Hearings (21 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) are evaluating the use of remote hearings during the Covid-19 outbreak. This will include a large-scale survey of over 5000 public users, capturing their experiences of and attitudes to remote hearings. Survey findings will be supplemented by in-depth interviews with users on their experiences. HMCTS will publish the findings of the evaluation once it...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Domestic Abuse (21 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Planning for the Integrated Domestic Abuse Court pilot is under way with the Steering Group and Design Groups established and developing detailed proposals. We intend to launch the pilots later this year, despite the challenges brought by Covid-19 and the significant ongoing work to ensure the family courts continue to function throughout the pandemic.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Divorce (22 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The Government has committed to set up a Lord Chancellor’s working group to assess any evidence for changing the law of financial provision on divorce and dissolution. This review will be led by evidence, which is yet to be gathered, on whether there are problems with the current law. The Government will seek to ensure a balance of members from across different professions. The Government...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Dartmoor Prison: Coronavirus (25 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: HMP Dartmoor is delivering essential elements of prison regime even during the current restrictions. In each 24-hour period, prisoners are allowed phone calls (mobile phones when required for isolators), time in the open air, showers, meals and medication distribution. Even for those who are Covid-19 positive and in isolation, showers are facilitated in prisoner groups. Regime is additionally...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Transfers: Coronavirus (25 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In March 2020 temporary restrictions were put in place to minimise movements between jails. As at 12th January 2021 inter-prison transfers (including transfers from closed to open prisons) have not been stopped entirely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and we continue safely to undertake inter-prison transfers, where required. Transfers between prisons, particularly progressive transfers...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the noble and learned Lord fails to put this information in context. In the Crown Court, prior to the Covid pandemic hitting in March last year, the outstanding caseload was 39,000, which was well within the range of 33,000 to 55,000 over the last decade. Immediately before the pandemic hit, we had increased the number of sitting days in response to an incoming demand on the...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I assure the noble Lord that there is no complacency whatever. In fact, in September we published a crime recovery plan to which members from all groups involved in the criminal courts contributed. That plan was put together after significant consultation and collaboration. It is now being implemented. We now have more rooms for jury trials. We have plexiglass to enable social...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the MoJ has invested record amounts. There was an investment of £142 million to improve courts, tribunals, buildings and technology. That was, in fact, the single biggest investment in court estate maintenance for more than 20 years. Of course we will build on that, but it would be fair to say that everybody is doing their best in extremely challenging circumstances.

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, there is such a plan. I refer the noble and learned Lord to the answer I gave a few moments ago about the crime recovery plan that we set out in September last year. He is certainly correct: there is an old adage that justice delayed is justice denied. We are working very hard to make sure that there are no greater delays than those necessarily caused by the circumstances in which...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, when looking at the criminal justice system, I agree that it is mistake just to think about courts, sentencing and prisons. One has to look at it in a broader and wider context. To that extent, the points that the right reverend Prelate makes are well made.

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the noble Baroness raises an important point. This Government have taken a number of steps to ensure that vulnerable witnesses can give evidence in that way. Indeed, noble Lords will be aware of provisions that build on that in the Domestic Abuse Bill, which is going through Parliament at the moment. To take that point further would, I think, require more careful consideration, but...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the noble Lord is of course correct that delays in the criminal justice system can affect not only the defendant but others involved, including victims and witnesses. The listing of cases is ultimately a matter for the judiciary, not the Executive, so I am limited in what I can say. However, I can confirm, for example, that at the moment the majority of cases where a defendant is in...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, trial by jury is a cornerstone of the criminal justice system in this jurisdiction. With the support of Public Health England and Public Health Wales, we have made adjustments to more than 290 court rooms and jury deliberation rooms so as to facilitate trial by jury. Reducing the size of the jury is therefore unlikely to free up an additional amount of space for jury trials, and it...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I hope that the Committee will allow me to take a moment to thank the noble Lords, Lord Thomas of Gresford and Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, for their very warm words of welcome, which I appreciate. Amendment 1 is a minor technical amendment that removes references to offences in the Space Industry Act 2018 from Schedule...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful for the words of the noble Lord. To answer his two questions, I say that this is essentially a tidying-up matter because of the different pace of legislation going through Parliament at the moment. The question of what would happen if this amendment were not made is an interesting one. At the very least we would be left with inelegant legislation, and I know from my...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I will also speak to Amendments 3, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 73, 74 and 75. I will also signal my intention to propose the removal of Clauses 33, 34 and 35. Clause 33 was intended to provide explicit provision so that Scottish Ministers might impose a polygraph condition as a licence condition for specified released terrorist offenders. Clause 34 was intended to provide...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to noble Lords for setting out their various points. I turn first to those made by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas. On the effectiveness of polygraphs, as I said in my introductory remarks, they are used elsewhere in English law in relation to sex offenders. There is therefore a body of evidence as to their utility. On what “failing” means and the consequences of...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, explained, this amendment seeks to amend and change the circumstances in which a sentencing court could impose less than the 14-year minimum term for a discretionary life sentence imposed in a serious terrorism case by changing the circumstances from “exceptional” to “significant”. I respectfully agree with the noble Lord...

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

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, for introducing this amendment, although I hope to persuade him that it is in fact misconceived. The amendment deals with Clause 16, which relates to an increase in the extension period for terrorism offenders aged under 18. As my noble and learned friend Lord Stewart of Dirleton said a few moments ago, I am...


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