Courts and Tribunals Bill: Commons second reading

27 November 2018

MPs debated the second reading of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary Functions of Staff) Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 27 November 2018.

Second reading

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke, opened the debate on behalf of the Government. Yasmin Qureshi, responded on behalf of the Opposition. 

The Bill was read a second time without a division. It has now been submitted to a Public Bill Committee. Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall are expected to conclude by Thursday 6 December 2018.

This Bill completed its stages in the House of Lords on 13 November 2018 and was introduced to the Commons on the same day. The debate on second reading is expected to start today at around 2pm, following the Ten Minute Rule Motion on Minimum Service Obligation.

Second reading is an opportunity for MPs to debate the general principles of the Bill before voting on it. MPs cannot table amendments for this stage, and hold one vote after the debate determining if the Bill will progress or fall.

Courts and Tribunals Bill

Summary of the Bill

The Courts Bill as introduced is short, containing only four clauses and a Schedule. It makes three key changes:

  • It makes it possible to deploy certain judicial office-holders with more flexibility throughout the courts and tribunals system than is presently allowed.
  • It renames the "Chief Bankruptcy Registrar" as the "Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge" and makes it easier for similar judicial titles to be changed by delegated legislation.
  • Overhauls the regulatory underpinning for delegating court functions from judges to certain court staff, and extends the availability of this delegation to the Crown Court.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Courts and Tribunals 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 and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for Second Reading.

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