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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Coronavirus (21 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: We understand the frustration couples who have had to postpone their wedding or civil partnership must be feeling. The requirement to solemnize a marriage within twelve months of giving notice to marry is set out in primary legislation, which does not provide for extending this period. It would require primary legislation to change this and we continue to explore potential legislative...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Age (21 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government continues to listen carefully to the debate on the legal age of marriage. Justice officials liaise closely with officials in other departments that have an interest in this matter and in forced marriage, which Government made an offence in 2014. Evidence shows that the number of people marrying in England and Wales at 16 or 17 has been in decline over the years. In 2017, the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ict (20 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The common law presumption of correct functioning of a computer is rebuttable if there is evidence to the contrary. In such circumstances it is for the party seeking to produce the computer record in evidence to satisfy the court that the computer was working properly at the material time. We cannot ignore the impact that the dispute over the Horizon Accounting System has had on the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Documents (17 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: Information relating to departments reported lost are collated on a financial year basis rather than a calendar year. As you have requested for information since 2017, I am providing information beginning from the reporting year 2016/2017. Reporting of information relates to documents containing personal data rather than all documents. The department captures personal data loss incidents,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Administration of Justice: Disclosure of Information (17 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: I note the Rt. Hon. Member’s ongoing interest in this matter, and would reassure him that discussions are taking place at official level on the statutory review. The right to a fair trial is a fundamental part of our society and the Closed Material Procedures contain strong procedural and judicial safeguards. We will bring forward the statutory review as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (17 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice collates information on the number of applications and the number of FGM protection orders granted. There is no mandatory requirement to collate statistics on the duration of orders and whether they remain in place at any point in time. The quality of available data can only, therefore, be verified at disproportionate cost. However, following their introduction in July...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Euthanasia (17 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: It remains the Government’s view that any change to the law in this area is a matter for Parliament to decide and an issue of conscience for individual Parliamentarians rather than one for Government policy. Parliament has not so far voted to legalise assisted suicide in any circumstances.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Wills: Registration (17 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: There is no statutory requirement for will registration, but is it possible to deposit a will with HM Courts and Tribunals Service, and commercial will registration services are available. The imposition of a legal requirement to register wills may have a deterrent effect in terms of people making wills and lead to an increase in invalidated wills and contentious probate cases. The Law...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Cremation: Coronavirus (16 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: There are no Government restrictions on the interment of ashes. It has never been Government policy to prevent the interment of ashes, and the Government amended the Regulations on 22 April to make it clear that it was only crematoria buildings which had to close to members of the public, except for funerals and burials. There have never been restrictions on the grounds surrounding...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judiciary: Ethnic Groups (16 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: There are no Judicial Executive Board (JEB) members from Black and minority ethnic communities. JEB is chaired by the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales and comprised of the judges in the most senior leadership roles - the Master of the Rolls, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, the President of the Family Division, the Chancellor of the High Court, the Senior President of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Judges Council: Ethnic Groups (16 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Judges’ Council does not advise the Lord Chancellor. The primary function of the Judges’ Council is to inform and advise the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales. Members of the Judicial Executive Board (including the Lead Diversity Judge) are also members of the Judges’ Council. Other members are selected by the judicial group which that member represents including, for example,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Abuse (14 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice, alongside our partners on this agenda at the Home Office, continue to have a regular dialogue with the devolved administrations about the progress of the Domestic Abuse Bill. The measures in the Bill relate to devolved matters in Scotland and Northern Ireland, however, with the agreement of the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Northern Ireland Minister...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offences Against Children: Sentencing (14 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government has no current plans to bring forward legislative proposals that seek to increase the penalties for the offences of causing or allowing death or serious injury to a child or child cruelty at this stage. The Government will, however, continue to keep the maximum penalties for these specific offences closely under review.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: *No heading* (14 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: I would like to pay tribute to Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, they are a valuable source of support to victims of domestic abuse particularly as they prepare to give evidence at a court hearing. Courts also have a role to play in ensuring that victims of domestic abuse have access to special measures such as screens that allow the witness to give evidence without being seen by the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Legal Profession: Equality (13 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The legal profession in England and Wales is independent of Government. Statutory responsibility for encouraging an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession sits with the approved regulators, overseen by the oversight regulator, the Legal Services Board (LSB). Ministry of Justice Ministers encourage the sector to ensure it more closely represents the diverse society it...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Matrimonial Proceedings (13 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: There is guidance on Mesher Orders within the Family Justice Council’s Guidance on “Financial Needs” on Divorce (April 2018 – 2nd edition.). This was produced following the Law Commission’s recommendation in 2014 that the Family Justice Council prepare guidance on “financial needs” on divorce. The Department has not had recent discussions with the Family Justice Council or other...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (13 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government announced in June 2019 that the Law Commission will conduct a fundamental review of the law on how and where people can legally marry in England and Wales. As part of that review, the Government invited the Law Commission to make recommendations about how marriage by humanist and other non-religious belief organisations could be incorporated into a revised or new scheme for all...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Juries: Training (9 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: Juries are randomly selected, independent and make decisions purely on the basis of the facts presented to them by the prosecution and defence. Jury members receive no advice or training prior to being called to serve on any case. However, they are guided and supported by the trial judge who advises them on the relevant points of law and reminds them of their role. Judges hearing serious sex...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ict (9 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: We do not intend to review the presumption as it has wide application. However, it is impossible to ignore the impact that the dispute over the Horizon Accounting System and the subsequent litigation process has had on the postmasters affected. Post Office Limited (POL) has accepted that it got things wrong in the past in its dealings with a number of postmasters and has apologised. This...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Treatment Of, and Outcomes For, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Individuals in the Criminal Justice System Independent Review (7 Jul 2020)

Alex Chalk: The Government is committed to advancing each recommendation of the Review in some way. Where a recommendation cannot be implemented in full or exactly as set out, alternative approaches have been sought to achieve the same aim. The Government’s response has also identified actions going beyond the Review’s recommendations. Progress on recommendations and additional actions, and decisions...


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