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Justice Committee: weekly update

15 June 2018

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

We met on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

On Tuesday we took oral evidence in public on criminal legal aid.

On Wednesday we discussed our forward programme and the work we had coming up.

We also agreed a follow-up Report on young adults in the criminal justice system. We will be publishing this on Wednesday 20 June.

We agreed to publish a letter from the Attorney General on the appointment of the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, and a note from the Criminal Bar Association on criminal legal aid.

In public we then held our final oral evidence session on disclosure of evidence in criminal cases.

Oral evidence: Criminal legal aid

On Tuesday we held an oral evidence session on criminal legal aid. In that session we heard from:

  • Andrew Walker QC, Chair, Bar Council
  • Angela Rafferty QC, Chair, Criminal Bar Association

We discussed a number of issues in our evidence session, including:

  • Criminal legal aid funding
  • The new Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS)
  • Action taken by barristers in response to the new AGFS

You can re-watch the evidence session on parliamentlive.tv. We have also published the transcript of our session on the Committee’s website.

Oral evidence: disclosure of evidence in criminal cases

On Wednesday we held our final oral evidence session on disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. In that session we heard from:

  • Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Home Office
  • Jeremy Wright QC MP, Attorney General

We discussed a number of issues in our evidence session, including:

  • The scale and nature of disclosure issues within the criminal justice system
  • Police skills and culture relating to disclosure
  • CPS capability and performance with regard to disclosure
  • The role of technology in the disclosure process
  • Police and CPS resources
  • Next steps on disclosure

You can re-watch the evidence session on parliamentlive.tv. We have also published the transcript of our session on the Committee’s website.

Inquiries with open calls for written evidence

You can still submit evidence to the Committee through its evidence portal for the following inquiries, but please contact the Committee secretariat first as the deadline for written submissions for these inquiries has passed:

Prison population 2022: planning for the future: Read the terms of reference

Published evidence and correspondence

This week we agreed to publish:

Future business

We will next be meeting in public on Tuesday 26 June. Further details of that session will be published nearer the time.

Further information

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