Commons remaining stages: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

17 June 2014

MPs debated the remaining stages of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 17 June 2014.

A number of amendments were made to the Bill. The Bill passed third reading on question, without a vote. The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Related information

Summary of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

The Bill seeks to make provision about how offenders are dealt with before and after conviction; to amend the offence of possession of extreme pornographic images; to make provision about the proceedings and powers of courts and tribunals; to make provision about judicial review; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

Report stage, day one, took place on Monday 12 May 2014. The Bill had its second reading debate on 24 February 2014. This Government Bill was presented to Parliament on 5 February 2014.

A carry-over motion was agreed on 24 February 2014 which allowed consideration of the Bill to be resumed in the 2014-15 session.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill and find out how a bill becomes an Act of Parliament. 

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

What happens next?

The Bill will now move to the House of Lords for consideration.

What is the report stage of a bill?

The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider any further amendments (proposals for change) to a bill which has been examined in a public bill committee or on the floor of the House. There is no set time period between the end of committee stage and the start of the report stage.

What happens at report stage?

All MPs may speak and vote. For lengthy or complex bills, the debates may be spread over several days. All MPs can suggest amendments to the bill or new clauses (parts) that they think should be added.

What happens after report stage?

Report stage is usually followed immediately by debate on the bill's third reading.

What happens at third reading?

Debate on the bill is usually short, and limited to what is actually in the bill, rather than, as at second reading, what might have been included.
Amendments (proposals for change) cannot be made to a bill at a third reading in the Commons. At the end of the debate, the House decides whether to approve the third reading of the bill.

What happens after third reading?

If the bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading.

If the bill started in the Lords it returns to the House of Lords for consideration of any amendments the Commons has made.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery. 

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