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Constitutional Reform Bill [HL]

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Constitutional

Affairs, are published separately as HL Bill 30—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Lord Falconer of Thoroton has made the following statement under

section 19(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] are

compatible with the Convention rights.

 
HL Bill 3053/3
 
 

 

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Contents

Part 1

Arrangements to replace office of Lord Chancellor

The judiciary and courts

1   

Guarantee of continued judicial independence

2   

President of the Courts of England and Wales

3   

Functions of the Lord Chancellor and organisation of the courts

4   

Head and Deputy Head of Criminal Justice

5   

Head and Deputy Head of Family Justice

6   

Powers to make rules

7   

Powers to give directions

Appointments

8   

Transfer of appointment functions

The Great Seal

9   

The Great Seal

10   

Commissioners of the Great Seal

Speakership of the House of Lords

11   

Speakership of the House of Lords

Abolition of the office of Lord Chancellor

12   

Abolition of office of Lord Chancellor

13   

Salary and pension

Supplementary

14   

Property, rights and liabilities

15   

Transfers: supplementary

16   

Part 1: interpretation

 
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Part 2

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court

17   

The Supreme Court

18   

First members of the Court

Appointment of judges

19   

Qualification for appointment

20   

Commission

21   

Selection of candidate

22   

Recommendation to Her Majesty

Terms of appointment

23   

Oath of allegiance and judicial oath

24   

Tenure

25   

Salaries and allowances

26   

Resignation and retirement

27   

Medical retirement

28   

Pensions

Acting judges

29   

Acting judges

30   

Supplementary panel

Jurisdiction

31   

Jurisdiction

Composition for proceedings

32   

Composition

33   

Changes in composition

Practice and procedure

34   

Specially qualified advisers

35   

Making of rules

36   

Procedure after rules made

37   

Photography etc

Resources

38   

Minister’s duty

39   

Officers and staff: appointment by Minister

40   

Staff: provision by third parties

41   

Services: provision by third parties

42   

Accommodation

43   

Annual report

 
 

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Fees

44   

Fees

45   

Fees: supplementary

Supplementary

46   

Records of the Supreme Court

47   

Proceedings under jurisdiction transferred to Supreme Court

48   

Interpretation of Part 2

Part 3

Judicial appointments and discipline

Chapter 1

Commission and Ombudsman

49   

The Judicial Appointments Commission

50   

Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman

Chapter 2

Appointments

General provisions

51   

Merit and good character

52   

Guidance by the Minister

Lord Chief Justice and Heads of Division

53   

Selection of Lord Chief Justice and Heads of Division

54   

Selection process

55   

Selection panel

56   

Report

57   

The Minister’s options

58   

Selection following rejection or requirement to reconsider

Lords Justices of Appeal

59   

Selection of Lords Justices of Appeal

60   

Selection process

61   

Selection panel

62   

Report

63   

The Minister’s options

64   

Selection following rejection or requirement to reconsider

Puisne judges and other office holders

65   

Selection of puisne judges and other office holders

66   

Request

67   

Selection process

68   

Report

 
 

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69   

The Minister’s options

70   

Selection following rejection or requirement to reconsider

71   

Reconsideration of decision not to select

72   

Withdrawal of request

Complaints and references

73   

Qualifying complaints

74   

Complaints to the Commission or the Minister

75   

Complaints to the Ombudsman

76   

Report and recommendations

77   

Report procedure

78   

References by the Minister

79   

Information

Miscellaneous

80   

Consultation on appointment of lay justices

81   

Confidentiality

82   

Disclosure of information to Commission

Chapter 3

Discipline

Procedures

83   

Disciplinary powers

84   

Disciplinary powers: interpretation

85   

Regulations about procedures

86   

Contents of regulations

87   

Procedural rules

Complaints and references

88   

Investigations by the Ombudsman relating to conduct

89   

References to the Ombudsman relating to conduct

90   

Report and recommendations

91   

Report procedure

Chapter 4

General

92   

Confidentiality

93   

Interpretation of Part 3

Part 4

Other provisions relating to the judiciary

94   

Parliamentary disqualification

95   

Judicial functions of the Lord President of the Council

 
 

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Part 5

General

96   

Functions of the Minister not to be transferred by order

97   

Interpretation: the Minister

98   

Supplementary provision etc

99   

Orders and regulations

100   

Minor and consequential amendments

101   

Repeals and revocations

102   

Extent

103   

Commencement

104   

Short title

Schedule 1   —   

Functions of the Lord Chancellor and organisation of the

courts

Part 1   —   

Amendments

Part 2   —   

Amendment of enactments repealed or amended otherwise

than by this Act

Schedule 2   —   

Powers to make rules

Part 1   —   

The process

Part 2   —   

Rule-making powers subject to the process in Part 1

Schedule 3   —   

Powers to give directions

Part 1   —   

The process

Part 2   —   

Powers of direction subject to the process in Part 1

Schedule 4   —   

Appointment functions

Part 1   —   

Appointments to be made by the Queen

Part 2   —   

Appointments to be made by the Minister

Schedule 5   —   

Amendments relating to the Great Seal

Schedule 6   —   

Speakership of the House of Lords

Schedule 7   —   

Salary and pension of the Lord Chancellor

Part 1   —   

Salary and pension: consequential provision

Part 2   —   

Pension arrangements of last Lord Chancellor: special

provision

Schedule 8   —   

Amendments relating to jurisdiction of the Supreme Court

Part 1   —   

Jurisdiction transferred from the House of Lords

Part 2   —   

Devolution jurisdiction

Schedule 9   —   

Proceedings under jurisdiction transferred to Supreme Court

Schedule 10   —   

The Judicial Appointments Commission

Part 1   —   

The Commissioners

Part 2   —   

The Commission

Schedule 11   —   

The Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman

Schedule 12   —   

The Judicial Appointments Commission: Relevant Functions

and Offices

Part 1   —   

Appointments by Her Majesty: judicial and other offices

Part 2   —   

Appointments by the Minister: judicial offices

Part 3   —   

Appointments by the Minister: other offices

Schedule 13   —   

Judicial functions of the Lord President of the Council

Schedule 14   —   

Minor and consequential amendments

Part 1   —   

The Lord Chancellor

Part 2   —   

Amendments relating to Part 2

 
 

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Schedule 15   —   

Repeals and revocations

Part 1   —   

The Lord Chancellor

Part 2   —   

Functions of The Lord Chancellor and organisation of the

courts

Part 3   —   

The Great Seal

Part 4   —   

Lord Chancellor’s salary and pension

Part 5   —   

Power to make rules

Part 6   —   

Powers to give directions

Part 7   —   

Supreme Court

 
 

 
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