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S.C.F.

Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 5th February 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE F


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

JUSTICE (NORTHERN IRELAND) BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [29th January].

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

200

Clause     31, page 18, line 32, at end insert—

    '(3A)   Subject to subsection (8), the Director and Deputy Director shall be appointed by open competition.'.

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

207

Clause     31, page 18, line 41, leave out '40(3) or'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

174

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     5,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'First Minister and Deputy First Minister acting jointly'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

175

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     10,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'First Minister and Deputy First Minister acting jointly'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton
Lady Hermon

156

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     16,     after 'finances', insert ', management'.


   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

176

Clause     33,     page     20,     line     7,     at end insert—

      '(c) the victim or victims of the offence, or in event of their being deceased or mentally incapacitated, their next of kin'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

177

Clause     33,     page     20,     line     8,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   Where proceedings against a person in relation to an offence are discontinued under subsection (1), the Director must give reasons for the discontinuance of proceedings to those persons listed under subsection (2), unless in the Director's judgement to do so would be against the interest of justice or the public interest.'.


   

Lady Hermon

218

Clause     35,     page     21,     line     11,     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

201

Clause     35, page 21, line 14, at end insert—

    '(3A)   In section 55 (Consideration of other matters by the Ombudsman), after subsection (1) insert

      "(1A) The Director shall refer to the Ombudsman any matter which—

      (a) appears to the Director to indicate that a member of the police service may have—

            (i)   committed a criminal offence; or

            (ii)   behaved in a manner which would justify disciplinary proceedings; and

      (b) is not the subject of a complaint.'".

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

202

Clause     35, page 21, line 15, leave out 'in subsection (1) (in each place) and'.


   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

178

Clause     36,     page     22,     line     2,     at end insert—

    '(6)   Where the Director is not satisfied with the information provided to him by the Police he may refer the case to the Police Ombudsman for investigation.'.


   

Lady Hermon

219

Clause     37,     page     22,     line     7,     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.


   

Mr Seamus Mallon

203

Clause     38, page 22, line 30, at end insert—

    ( )   The Director must consult with-

      (a) the First Minister and Deputy First Minister;

      (b) the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and

      (c) any other person appearing to the Director to have an interest in the matter,

       before finalising, or making alterations to, a code.'.

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

204

Clause     38, page 22, line 30, at end insert—

    '( )   In exercising his functions under subsections (1) and (4), the Director must have regard to the United Nations Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors.'.


   

Mr Seamus Mallon

205

Clause     40 page 23 line 18, leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

206

Clause     40, page 23, line 32, leave out subsection (3).


   

Lady Hermon

220

Clause     41,     page     23,     line     41,     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 2

Provision of reasons not to institute or continue proceedings
   

Mr Seamus Mallon

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Where the Director decides not to institute proceedings against a person or discontinues such proceedings he shall provide the Attorney General with reasons for his decision.

    (2)   The Attorney General shall, if requested by a person properly connected to the matter, provide a copy of those reasons to that person unless to do so would be against the interests of justice or the public interest.'.


   

Lady Hermon

221

Clause     46,     page     26,     line     21,     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

31

Clause     46,     page     26,     line     30,     at end insert—

      (k) the police ombudsman for Northern Ireland.'.

   

Lady Hermon
Lembit Öpik

181

Clause     46,     page     26,     line     30,     at end insert—

      '(k) Consignia,

      (l) the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland,

      (m) the Financial Services Authority,

      (n) the Inland Revenue.'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton

157

Clause     46,     page     26,     line     31,     leave out 'must not' and insert 'may choose not to'.

   

Lady Hermon

188

Clause     46,     page     26,     line     42,     at end insert—

    '(5A)   An inspection carried out by the Chief Inspector of Consignia, the Financial Services Authority or the Inland Revenue may cover only functions relating to the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland.'

   

Lady Hermon

189

Clause     46,     page     27,     line     5,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   No order shall be made under subsection (6) above unless the Secretary of State has consulted the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice.'


   

Lady Hermon

190

Clause     47,     page     27,     line     18,     after 'State', insert 'or the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, acting jointly'.

   

Lady Hermon

222

Clause     47,     page     27,     line     25,     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Patsy Calton
Mr Seamus Mallon

158

Clause     47,     page     27,     line     28,     leave out subsection (a).


   

Lady Hermon

191

Clause     48,     page     27,     line     42,     at end insert—

    '(ba)   any person to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where any such document is to be found, or'.

   

Lady Hermon

192

Clause     48,     page     28,     line     1,     leave out 'commits' and insert 'is guilty of'.

   

Lady Hermon

193

Clause     48,     page     28,     line     2,     leave out 'reasonable excuse'.

   

Lady Hermon

194

Clause     48,     page     28,     line     5,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   If a person is charged with an offence under subsection (3) in respect of a requirement to produce a document under subsection (3), it is a defence to prove—

      (a) that the document was not in his possession or under his control; and

      (b) that it was not reasonably practicable for him to comply with the requirement.

    (3B)   If a person is charged with an offence under subsection (3) in respect of a requirement—

      (a) to provide information,

      (b) to provide an explanation of a document, or

      (c) to state where a document is to be found,

       it is a defence for him to prove that he had a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with the requirement.'.

   

Lady Hermon

195

Clause     48,     page     28,     line     6,     leave out from 'subsection' to end of line 7 and insert '(3)(a) is liable—

      (a) on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, and

      (b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine'.

   

Lady Hermon

196

Clause     48,     page     28,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   A person is guilty of an offence if, having been required to produce a document under subsection (2)—

      (a) he intentionally or recklessly destroys or otherwise disposes of it, falsifies it or conceals it, or

      (b) he causes or permits its destruction, disposal, falsification or concealment.'.

   

Lady Hermon

197

Clause     48,     page     28,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '(4B)   A person guilty of an offence under subsection (4A) above is liable—

      (a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

      (b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.'.

 
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