Results 181–200 of 1071 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Central data does not exist in respect of the total number of Deduction from Benefit Orders issued in respect of financial penalties imposed by the criminal courts. It would incur disproportionate costs to answer this question.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Courts: Fines (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Central data does not exist in respect of the total number of Attachments of Earnings Orders issued in respect of financial penalties imposed by the criminal courts. It would incur disproportionate costs to answer this question.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Job Centres and Prisons: Cameras (18 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: 1) DWP have one Hikvision camera across DWP jobcentres. DWP have no Dahua cameras in any jobcentres. 2) MoJ does not disclose details of our prison security defence capability, including our use of CCTV, for reasons of operational security.

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, our plan is more work for criminal barristers at higher fees. We have made radical proposals for wholesale reform of legal aid, provided £150 million more on fees and £20 million more for longer-term reform, and increased sitting days so that the Crown Court can get through more trials. The combined effect of our plans will take expected criminal legal aid spending to £1.2...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, it did not take the threat of a strike from the Criminal Bar Association for us to respond to Sir Christopher Bellamy’s report, but I hope that our responding in a way which has drawn broad welcome from the Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives will mean that the Criminal Bar Association will withdraw its utterly ill-thought-out and unfounded...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, solicitors need a higher rights of audience certificate to appear in the higher courts. We are in discussions to ensure that this system is working well. However, as part of our response to Sir Christopher Bellamy’s report, we are looking at opening up more opportunities for legal executives to do more work in the courts, particularly in the higher courts. That would also improve...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we think that these changes will be a systemic change in legal aid: 3.5 million more people will be eligible for legal aid in magistrates’ courts and 2 million more people will be eligible for civil legal aid. We think that will help the Bar generally. Our other plans—for example, having more online hearings—mean that barristers are not spending money on travel and that a...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: The noble and learned Lord is absolutely right. We do look at the cost of travel for barristers. As I have just said, we hope that increased online hearings will mean that travel costs are essentially reduced to zero, with more money therefore going into barristers’ pockets. That is something that we are looking at. We have constant discussions with the judiciary on that. Ultimately,...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, as a barrister-politician, I now know where I stand in public esteem. The noble Baroness is right. One of the issues has been that there has not been a means-test review in civil legal aid, for example, for a long time. While we are not proposing to review it annually, we will keep it under review to ensure that the general package keeps in line with where public pay is and where...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, the letter from my noble and learned friend Lord Keen was sent at the conclusion of the parliamentary process for the divorce Act. In the intervening two years, we have prioritised the implementation of the fundamental reforms of that Act, which will commence on 6 April. Following that commencement, we will consider how best to proceed with the commitment in that letter, and we...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I do not make any apology for the mediation voucher scheme; it is important to encourage mediation in family law, as indeed across the civil justice system more generally. However, we have committed to exploring the financial provision aspects of divorce after the Act comes into effect. I cannot give the noble Baroness a timetable, but I assure her that we will look at this as a...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I have not had representations from those entities, but I dare say that the department might have done. We get representations, frankly, from all areas of the legal profession, and indeed more broadly, all the time. We will look at this issue on its merits. We have set out that we want to make sure that financial matters are dealt with as amicably as possible. The divorce Act will...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am not sure whether my noble friend is a foot solider or somewhere between a major-general and a field marshal in this area of the law. May I gently suggest that perhaps not all lawyers charge by the word? I respectfully say that in this area of law, as in many areas of law, there is a balance to be struck between discretion on the one hand and certainty on the other. You need...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I am very grateful for that question. Of course, we will take advice from a broad range of stakeholders and others. Indeed, in preparing for today I also looked at the laws in other jurisdictions. Although it is fair to say that, for example, prenuptial agreements are enforceable in Spain, which they generally are not in England and Wales, they are not enforceable if the judge...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, I hope I have made it clear that we are talking about a matter of weeks once the Act comes into force. We will look at this area very carefully. I know that the previous and current Lord Chancellors are focused on this area. Looking at family law generally, we want to see fewer private family cases before the court and maintain the public family cases before the court. Many private...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, we of course recognise that divorce can be a stressful time for families. We want to make sure that support is there for separating couples. We have invested in family hubs and the family mediation voucher scheme. We also have a Reducing Parental Conflict programme. However, we also think that the new divorce Act will lead to more amicable divorce and will itself take some of the...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: My Lords, yes: no-fault divorce means that the question of fault is essentially irrelevant to the fact of the divorce. As to equality of arms, that is where mediation is so useful. Families who participated in the mediation voucher scheme tell us that it really took the heat out of the issue as they could sit down outside a court setting and resolve their issues. For every multi-million pound...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Fire Prevention and First Aid (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: In accordance with the Fire Safety Order 2005, all government-operated prison buildings have fire risk assessments which are reviewed periodically. Sufficient first aid cover in the prison estate is provided by trained first aiders, and the number of those required in each establishment is achieved via a First Aid Risk Assessment of need. Prisoners also receive first aid/medical cover through...

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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Females (10 Mar 2022)

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar: Our vision is that no one who is subject to probation supervision is released from prison homeless. Women on remand are supported to meet resettlement needs and prepare for release by Probation staff in prisons. We will supplement this support from Probation staff with access to specialist accommodation support for all women on remand or sentenced in custody by the summer of this year. We...


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