Results 1061–1071 of 1071 for speaker:Lord Wolfson of Tredegar

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...

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...

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: 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: 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...


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