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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 29th January 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE F


JUSTICE (NORTHERN IRELAND) BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order to be proposed by Mr Desmond Browne.
Mr Desmond Browne To move, That the order in which proceedings in Standing Committe on the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill are to be taken shall be Clauses 1 and 2, Schedule 1, Clause 3, Schedule 2, Clauses 4 and 5, Schedule 3, Clauses 6 to 11, Schedule 4, Clauses 12 and 13, Schedule 5, Clauses 14 to 20, Schedule 6, Clauses 21 and 22, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 1, Clauses 23 to 29, Schedule 7, Clauses 30 to 44, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 2, Clause 45, Schedule 8, Clauses 46 to 50, Schedule 9, Clauses 51 and 52, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 3, Clauses 53 to 62, Schedule 10, Clause 63, Schedule 11, Clauses 64 and 65, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 4, Clauses 66 to 80, New Clauses and New Schdules relating to Part 5, Clauses 81 to 83, Schedule 12, Clause 84, Schedule 13, Clauses 85 to 91 and remaining New Clauses and new Schedules.

   

Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Seamus Mallon

80

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     leave out 'continued'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     after 'judiciary', insert 'and the legal profession'.

   

Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Seamus Mallon

81

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     at end add—

     '( )   The judiciary shall decide matters before them impartially, on the basis of facts and in accordance with the law, without any restrictions, improper influences, inducements, pressures, threats or interferences, direct or indirect, from any quarter or for any reason'.


   

Lady Hermon

86

Clause     2,     page     1,     line     10,     after 'Appeal', insert 'or Judge of the High Court'.'

   

Lady Hermon

87

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     9,     at end insert—

    '( )   No order under subsection (2)(a) may add an office listed under subsection (1)(a).'

   

Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Seamus Mallon

82

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     13,     at end insert—

    '( )    Those responsible for making appointments under this part, shall as far as practicable secure that the judiciary, as a group, are reflective of the community in Northern Ireland.'.


   

Lady Hermon

88

Schedule     1,     page     70,     line     4,     leave out 'judge of the High Court.'

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

56

Schedule     1,     page     70,     line     9,     leave out 'District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)' and insert 'Resident Magistrates'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

57

Schedule     1,     page     70,     line     10,     leave out 'District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)' and insert 'Resident Magistrate'.


   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

140

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     19,     leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

    '(b)   five persons nominated by the Lord Chief Justice and appointed by the First and deputy First minister, acting jointly (referred to in this section and Schedule 2 as "judicial members"),

    (c)   a barrister nominated by the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland and a solicitor nominated by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and appointed by the First and deputy First Minister, acting jointly (so referred to as "legal profession members"), and

    (d)   five persons who do not hold (and have never held) a protected judicial office and are not (and have never been) barristers or solicitors, appointed by the Secretary of State (so referred to as "lay members");

    and a reference in Schedule 2 to a non-judicial member is to a member who is either a legal profession member or a lay member.'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

141

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     28,     leave out subsection (5).

   

Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes
Lady Hermon
Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

2

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     29,     leave out 'five' and insert 'six'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes
Lady Hermon
Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

3

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     34,     leave out 'five' and insert 'four'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

4

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     34,     leave out '(and have never held)'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

5

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     35,     leave out from 'office' to '(so'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

7

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     38,     at end insert—

    '( )   Any person who has, at any time, been sentenced to a term of imprisonment whether suspended or otherwise for a term in excess of six months, shall not be permitted to be appointed as a member under subsection (5).'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

8

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     38,     at end insert—

    '( )   Any person who has ever been a member of a proscribed organisation shall not be permitted to be appointed as a member under subsection (5).'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes
Lady Hermon
Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

6

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     42,     at end insert—

      '(ca) a deputy county court judge.'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

43

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     43,     leave out 'District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)' and insert 'Resident Magistrate'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

9

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     1,     leave out subsection (7).

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

142

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     1,     leave out 'First Minister and deputy First Minister' and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

143

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     2,     after 'must', insert 'act in accordance with Schedule 2 and must'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

144

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     3,     leave out 'representative' and insert 'reflective.'

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

145

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     3,     at end insert ', including in terms of gender and ethnicity.'

   

Lady Hermon

90

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     3,     at end add—

    '( )   In appointing persons to be lay members, the First Minister and deputy First Minister must so far as possible secure that the lay members have a sophisticated understanding of legal issues as well as proven experience in selection procedure.'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

147

Schedule     2,     page     71,     line     29,     leave out 'five' and insert 'three'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

148

Schedule     2,     page     71,     line     31,     leave out 'ten' and insert 'six'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

146

Schedule     2,     page     71,     line     32,     leave out from 'the' to end of line 33 and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

149

Schedule     2,     page     71,     line     34,     leave out from 'The' to 'may' and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Lady Hermon
Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

91

Schedule     2,     page     71,     line     34,     leave out 'may' and insert 'must'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

150

Schedule     2,     page     72,     line     35,     leave out from 'background' to end of line 36.

   

Lady Hermon
Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

92

Schedule     2,     page     73,     line     33,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   Committees may not include persons who would not be eligible to be members of the Commission.'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

36

Schedule     2,     page     74,     line     10,     leave out paragraph 12.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

39

Schedule     2,     page     74,     line     15,     leave out paragraph 13.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

37

Schedule     2,     page     74,     line     15,     leave out 'not'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

38

Schedule     2,     page     74,     line     18,     leave out 'not'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

40

Schedule     2,     page     74,     line     38,     leave out paragraph 18.

   

Lady Hermon
Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

93

Schedule     2,     page     75,     line     4,     at end insert—

    '19A   A person is disqualified from being appointed a non-judicial member of the Commission if he has been convicted at any time in Northern Ireland or elsewhere of a criminal offence.'.

 
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