Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice gives evidence to Lords Committee
This is the Committee’s first meeting with the Lord Chancellor, who is responsible for the work of the Ministry of Justice. The Committee will cover a wide range of topics, including resource pressures on the justice system and access to justice; data adequacy; and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The session is also a chance to continue discussions on the UK’s accession to the Lugano Convention, an EU mechanism which governs certain civil and commercial matters. The Committee has been taking a close interest in this matter. Related correspondence can be found here:
Possible questions include:
- Policy announcements from other departments – such as the creation of new offences, the recruitment of more police officers, or the commitment to jail an increasing number of people – often mean increased demands on an already stretched justice system. What is the MoJ’s involvement in planning these policy changes? How will they be resourced?
- Concerning dispute resolution, what specific reforms are you considering and what risks have you identified?
- Nearly half of all adults in Britain believe that justice does not always prevail over injustice. Why do you think that is, and what steps are you taking to increase access to justice?
- What assessment have you made of the practical impact of the new extradition arrangements, including whether it is taking longer to deal with extradition requests?
- We have heard concern about a possible “creep” of the use of advanced technologies. Recent legislation, for example, has extended the use of polygraphs to some domestic abuse and counter-terrorism cases. What scrutiny is there to ensure that technologies are reliable and scientifically sound? What knowledge do MoJ officials (who must work with these technologies) have of such tools; how they work; and how to interpret their outcomes?
- What support has and will be provided to female judges and other Afghan legal professionals and their families in evacuation and resettlement?