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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 12th 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].

   

Clause No 53 (Aims of youth justice system)
       Amendment (No. 278) proposed, in page 30, line 31, to leave out subsection (1) and to insert the words—

    '( )   The principal aim of the youth justice system in Northern Ireland is to prevent offending by children and to promote the child's reintegration and the child assuming a constructive role in society.

    ( )   Every child in contact with the law shall be treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child's sense of dignity and worth, reinforcing the child's respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.'.—(Lembit Öpik.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

223

Clause     53,     page     30,     line     32,     after 'children', insert 'having taken into account the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration, as identified in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; The United Nations Guidelines for the prevention of Juvenile delinquency; the United Nations Standard minimum for the Administration of Youth Justice and the United Nations Guidelines for the protection of juveniles deprived of their liberty.'.

   

Lady Hermon

264

Clause     53,     page     30,     line     32,     after 'children', insert 'and young persons'.

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

277

Clause     53,     page     30,     line     37,     leave out 'welfare' and insert 'best interests'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

224

Clause     53,     page     30,     line     41,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   A Guardian ad Litem will be appointed for the child in all cases where custody is a possible outcome of Court proceedings.'.

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

284

Clause     53,     page     30,     line     41,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   All persons with responsibility for the youth justice system shall have regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.'.


   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

225

Clause     54,     page     31,     line     22,     after 'otherwise', insert 'directly'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

226

Clause     54,     page     31,     line     22,     at end insert 'by virtue of presence at the scene of the crime or by close familial connection with the victim, i.e. mother, father, brother, sister, child.'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

227

Clause     54,     page     31,     line     25,     at end insert—

      '(aa) a person professionally responsible for the child's education'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

228

Clause     54,     page     31,     line     32,     at end insert—

      '(c) details of the child's educational provision.'.

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

286

Clause     54,     page     31,     line     32,     at end insert—

      '(c) the educational, psychological and other needs of the offender'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

229

Clause     54,     page     31,     line     35,     after 'consents', insert ', having been previously informed of the potential outcomes of consent.'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

262

Clause     54,     page     31,     leave out line 38.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

32

Clause     54,     page     32,     line     24,     leave out '24' and insert '160'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

230

Clause     54,     page     32,     line     31,     leave out 'if any'.

   

Lady Hermon

265

Clause     54,     page     33,     leave out line 22.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

231

Clause     54,     page     33,     line     22,     at end insert—

      '(d) a person professionally responsible for the child's education.'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

232

Clause     54,     page     33,     line     35,     after 'case', insert 'including educational information.'.


   

Mr Desmond Browne

210

Clause     55,     page     34,     line     7,     leave out 'punishable, in the case of an adult, with imprisonment'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

233

Clause     55,     page     34,     line     16,     leave out 'instruction', and insert 'teaching'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

234

Clause     55,     page     34,     line     18,     leave out 'instruction' and insert 'teaching'.

   

Lady Hermon

266

Clause     55,     page     34,     leave out line 29.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

309

Clause     55,     page     34,     line     34,     leave out '40' and insert '240'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

235

Clause     55,     page     36,     line     1,     leave out ', as far as practicable,'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

236

Clause     55,     page     36,     line     5,     leave out 'if any'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

237

Clause     55,     page     36,     line     13,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

238

Clause     55,     page     36,     line     18,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

239

Clause     55,     page     37,     line     1,     at end insert—

      '(d) the person professionally responsible for the child's education.'.


   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

310

Clause     56,     page     37,     line     42,     leave out 'one half of'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

246

Clause     56,     page     38,     line     10,     leave out 'that time' and insert 'the child's fourteenth birthday.'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

247

Clause     56,     page     39,     line     27,     after 'he', insert '(i)'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

248

Clause     56,     page     39,     line     31,     at end insert—

      '(ii) will be offered an independent advocacy service within 24 hours of his return to secure accommodation to ensure the reason for his escape is fully understood and reported to the Secretary of State in writing.'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

261

Clause     56,     page     39,     line     40,     leave out '30 days' and insert 'six months'.

   

Lady Hermon

267

Clause     56,     page     40,     line     11,     leave out 'level 3 on the standard scale' and insert 'the statutory maximum'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

294

Clause     56,     page     40,     line     11,     leave out '3' and insert '5'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

295

Clause     56,     page     40,     line     12,     leave out 'six months' and insert 'two years'.

   

Lady Hermon

268

Clause     56,     page     40,     line     30,     leave out 'level 3 on the standard scale' and insert 'the statutory maximum'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

296

Clause     56,     page     40,     line     30,     leave out '3' and insert '5'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

297

Clause     56,     page     40,     line     31,     leave out 'six months' and insert 'two years'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

298

Clause     56,     page     40,     line     45,     leave out from 'level' to end of line and insert '3 on the standard scale, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.'.

   

Lady Hermon

269

Clause     56,     page     40,     line     45,     leave out 'level 2 on the standard scale' and insert 'the statutory maximum'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

249

Clause     56,     page     41,     line     16,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

250

Clause     56,     page     41,     line     16,     after 'rules', insert 'including provision for an independent advocacy service'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

311

Clause     56,     page     41,     line     46,     leave out '30 days' and insert 'six months'.

   

Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

312

Clause     56,     page     42,     line     4,     leave out '30 days' and insert 'six months'.

 
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