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The Government’s lead charge to change the criminal court framework finished has its section through Parliament after a last-minute trade off by Home Secretary David Blunkett

November 21, 2017     Mark Lew    

The Government’s lead charge to change the criminal court framework finished has its section through Parliament after a last-minute trade off by Home Secretary David Blunkett
Mr Blunkett sponsored down on recommendations to restrict trial by jury in complex extortion cases to spare the Criminal Equity Charge after the measure was over and again rejected by the House of Lords
The trade off bargain came at the end of a wounding day of “parliamentary ping-pong”, in which both Mr Blunkett’s charge what’s more, a charge to build up establishment healing centers were thumped between the Masters what’s more, Commons
Both bills were at long last given Illustrious Consent just minutes some time recently both Houses rose for the end of the parliamentary year
Mr Blunkett said his charge would give England “a modernized criminal equity framework fit for the 21st century”
More than 98% of the measures the Government needed to get on the statute book had survived, he said
Under a bargain struck this evening with his Tory partner David Davis, the extortion trial recommendations remain in the bill, yet can’t be executed without a vote of both Houses of Parliament
Conservative home undertakings representative Dominic Lament said this “face-saving formula” could not stow away the truth that the Government had been constrained into a “major climbdown” which cleared out no prospect of extortion trials being heard without a jury
Mr Blunkett moreover concurred to drop recommendations to permit respondents in genuine Crown Court cases to select for trial by a judge sitting alone
And measures to permit the jury to hear subtle elements of defendants’ past feelings in certain cases were passed as it were after the Home Secretary included a arrangement particularly expressing that this did not cover minor offenses conferred as a juvenile

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