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
- superintendence of the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office.
You can watch the session.
You can read the transcript.
- Letter to the Attorney General, regarding the government response to the Committee’s report on disclosure of evidence in criminal cases, dated 7 January 2019 ( PDF 267 KB)
- Letter from the Attorney General, regarding the Crown Prosecution Service superintendence and disclosure, dated 18 January 2019 ( PDF 662 KB)
- Letter from the Attorney General, regarding Framework Agreement between the Serious Fraud Office, the Attorney General's Office and the Crown Prosecution Service, dated 22 January 2019 ( PDF 276 KB)
- Letter from the Chair to Edward Argar, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, on the review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, dated 8 January 2019 ( PDF 170 KB)
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.
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.