Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department

Press Notice No.6 of Session 2002-03        20 March 2003


EVIDENCE SESSIONS
Thursday 27 March 2003


Courts Bill

The Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department will hold the final part of its public evidence sessions on the Courts Bill [Lords], postponed from Tuesday 18 March, on Thursday 27 March. The purpose of the session is to examine officials from the Lord Chancellor's Department and identify the main issues which should be considered when the Bill reaches the Commons.  The Committee has not requested written evidence and no report is envisaged at this stage; but the Committee will be publishing the transcripts of the sessions at the earliest practicable opportunity.

Role of the Lord Chancellor's Department

In addition, the Committee will hold a public evidence session with Mr Erik Jurgens, Rapporteur on the office of the Lord Chancellor in the constitutional system of the United Kingdom for the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Details of the session are as follows:

09.10am     Courts Bill

Mr Nick Smedley, Director, Criminal Justice, Mr  Kevin Sadler, Director, Criminal Courts Development, Mr Martin Jones, Head of Legislation Management Branch, and Deborah Matthews, Programme Manager, Unified Administration Programme, Lord Chancellor's Department

10.15am     Office of the Lord Chancellor in the constitutional system of the United Kingdom

Mr Erik Jurgens, Rapporteur, Committee on Legal Affairs and  Human Rights, Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe