Justice Committee: weekly update

25 January 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

On Monday, a new member, Robert Courts MP, joined the Committee and Alex Chalk MP was discharged.

On Wednesday, we held a one-off evidence session on the work of the Attorney General. We took evidence from the Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP, the Attorney General, on his duties as the principal legal adviser to Government and as the head of the Law Officers’ Departments.

The session covered (among other issues):

  • his priorities
  • the constitutional nature of his role
  • disclosure
  • superintendence of the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office.

You can watch the session.

You can read the transcript.

Published correspondence

Inquiries with open calls for written evidence

The Committee’s new inquiry into Court and Tribunal Reforms is accepting written evidence.

This inquiry into the HMCTS reform programme will consider the progress made with the reforms so far and the implications of planned changes, particularly in relation to access to justice.

The Committee is interested in evidence of the effects and potential effects of the HMCTS reform programme on access to justice, as well as the management of the reform process.

The Committee would welcome written submissions of up to 3,000 words by 11 March 2019 on all or some of the questions set out in the terms of reference here.

More guidance on submitting evidence can be found here.

Future business 

Next week we will hold an informal session with a representative group of up to 16 magistrates. This is as part of our follow-up work to the previous Justice Committee’s inquiry on the role of the magistracy.

The aim of this session is to allow the Committee to gain a broad understanding of the main issues facing the magistracy and to establish what progress has been made since the previous Committee’s report published on 19 October 2016.

This session will be held in private and will not be streamed online.

Further information

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