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Justice Committee - weekly update

12 July 2019

At the end of sitting weeks the Justice Committee publishes a brief summary of its activities in the form of a weekly update.

This week (commencing 8 July 2019)

Evidence sessions

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.

Published correspondence

Future business

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. 

Further information

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