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SECTION 708 (G) OF THE BAR STANDARDS CODE

That this House notes that Section 708 (g) of the Bar Standards Code states that barristers must not make statements or ask questions which are merely scandalous or intended or calculated only to vilify, insult or annoy either a witness or some other person; believes that this rule must be rigorously enforced to ensure that witnesses are not cross-examined in a way that adds nothing to the case but humiliates them; further believes that recent controversy about cross-examinations could be avoided in future if these rules are once again made clear to all practising barristers; calls on the Government to make clear to the Bar Council that it has a duty rigorously to enforce these rules and to take allegations of impropriety seriously; and further calls on the Bar Council to draw the attention of all practising barristers to this section of their rules.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 29.06.2011
Burt, Lorely Liberal Democrats Solihull 06.07.2011
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 30.06.2011
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 11.07.2011
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 18.07.2011
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 05.07.2011
Morris, David Conservative Party Morecambe and Lunesdale 29.06.2011
Munt, Tessa Liberal Democrats Wells Somerset 04.07.2011
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 14.07.2011