Lords examines Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill

11 July 2018

The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill had its committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, in the Lords on Tuesday 10 July.

Members discussed a range of topics, including:

  • government reporting on the availability of judicial training
  • the impact of an increased flexibility in the deployment of judges on the diversity of the judiciary
  • the right of judges to reconsider a decision made by an authorised person exercising a relevant judicial function

Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

Lords second reading: Wednesday 20 June

Lord Keen of Elie (Conservative), Lords government spokesperson in the Ministry of Justice, responded on behalf of the government.

Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill summary

This bill will aim to:

  • provide more flexibility in the use of judicial resources
  • amend the title of the 'Chief Bankruptcy Registrar' to 'Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge'
  • extend the Lord Chancellor's power to amend certain other titles
  • authorise court and tribunal staff to exercise judicial functions and give legal advice
  • empower the relevant procedure rules committee to determine which functions staff may or may not exercise
  • apply statutory independence and immunities to all authorised court or tribunal staff when exercising judicial functions
  • remove the post of justices’ clerk from statute

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