This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill [HL] on 20 June 2018.Jump to full report >>
The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill [HL] is a government bill which seeks to make reforms to the rules regarding the deployment of judges and to provide for the undertaking of some judicial functions by HM Courts and Tribunal Service staff. The Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 23 May 2018 and is due to receive second reading on 20 June 2018.
The Bill contains three substantive clauses and one schedule:
These changes form part of an ongoing programme of reform of the courts and tribunal service in the UK. They are similar to some of the provisions previously included in the Prisons and Courts Bill. The Prisons and Courts Bill was introduced by the Government in the House of Commons during the 2016–17 session, however this Bill was dropped due to the calling of the 2017 general election.
The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill [HL] has been criticised both in parliament and in the press for including only some of the legislative measures to reform the courts and tribunal service that were in the Prisons and Courts Bill. For example, the Bill does not include provisions regarding the increased use of online technology in the courts. The Government has stated that further legislation to reform the courts and tribunal service will follow, as soon as parliamentary time allowed.
Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0062
Author: Edward Scott