This week (commencing 8 July 2019)
This week the Committee met twice, both times on the subject of our inquiry into Court and Tribunal reforms.
Tuesday 9 July 2019
On Tuesday, the Committee met informally with six expert academics to discuss the evaluation of HMCTS reforms to courts and tribunals.
This panel was drawn together by Dr Joe Tomlinson, an academic from King's College London who has been advising our inquiry into courts and tribunals reform, including producing this literature review.
We heard from:
- Dr. Natalie Byrom, The Legal Education Foundation
- Dr. Abi Adams and Dr. Jeremias Prassl, University of Oxford
- Dr. Meredith Rossner, London School of Economics
- Dr. Jack Simson Caird, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
We are grateful to the academics for taking the time to share their expertise with us, which will be useful as we begin to consider our report.
Wednesday 10 July 2019
On Wednesday, the Committee met in public for its final evidence session as part of its inquiry into court and tribunals reform.
We took evidence from two panels, one including three senior members of the judiciary, and another with the Secretary of State for Justice and MoJ officials.
- Rt Hon The Lord Burnett of Maldon (Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales)
- Rt Hon Sir Terence Etherton (Master of the Rolls)
- Sir Ernest Ryder (Senior President of Tribunals)
- Rt Hon David Gauke MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice)
- Susan Acland-Hood (Chief Executive at HMCTS)
- Richard Goodman (Change Director at HMCTS)
You can watch the session back.
You can read the transcript.
- Letter from Edward Argar MP, Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State for Justice, on Secure schools – Announcement of first secure school operator, dated 1 July 2019 ( PDF 778 KB)
- Letter from Rt Hon David Gauke MP Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, on Marriage ceremonies law review, dated 28 June 2019 ( PDF 472 KB)
- Letter from Edward Argar MP, Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State for Justice, on Children’s funeral fund for England (CFF), dated 28 June 2019 ( PDF 894 KB)
- Letter from Lord Keen of Elie QC, Ministry of Justice, on Whiplash reform programme – Minors and protected parties, dated 3 July 2019 ( PDF 112 KB)
- Letter from the Minister for Justice, on SFO investigations of SERCO and G4S government contracts, and email message to the Chair dated 3 July 2019 from Charles Carr, Communications Director, Serco Group plc, dated 3 July 2019 ( PDF 479 KB)
- Letter from Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, on Legal Aid, Sentencing And Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, dated 28 June 2019 ( PDF 583 KB)
- Letter from Sir Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, on the Ministry of Justice Main Estimate 2019-20, dated 2 July 2019( PDF 552 KB)
Next week, the Committee will meet in public to hold its final evidence session as part of its inquiry into prison governance.
This session will hear from the Prisons Minister (Robert Buckland QC MP), and other senior figures.
We will hear from:
- Robert Buckland QC MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
- Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons
- Dame Anne Owers, National Chair of the Independent Monitoring Boards
- Jo Farrar, Chief Executive, HMPPS
- Phil Copple, Director General, Prisons, HMPPS
You can watch this session (either live or on catch up) from 10am on Tuesday 16 July.
If you wish to watch in person from the public gallery you can.
The meeting will be held in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House.