Domestic Abuse Bill — After Clause 64 — Training for Judges and Magistrates — 15 Apr 2021 at 15:45
The majority of MPs voted not to require all judges and magistrates in the family courts undergo specialist training in relation to rape, sexual and domestic abuse, and coercive control.
The motion supported by a majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 33
Lords amendment 33 began:
- Insert the following new Clause—
- (1) The Secretary of State shall within six months of the passing of this Act publish—
- (a) a strategy for providing specialist training for all magistrates and judges hearing cases in family proceedings in the Family Courts concerning rape, sexual and domestic abuse and coercive control; and
- (b) a timetable for the delivery of the training mentioned in paragraph (a), to include the training of all judges and magistrates who are already hearing or who are to be appointed to hear Family cases and to include continuing professional development training for all such judges and magistrates.
- (2) The training mentioned in subsection (1)(a) must include but is not limited to training concerning—
- (a) the impact upon victims and witnesses, both adults and children, of the trauma of rape, sexual and domestic abuse and coercive control;
- (b) the risks and difficulties for victims and witnesses in giving evidence and taking part in proceedings concerning rape, sexual, domestic abuse and coercive control; and
- (c) the risks and difficulties for victims and witnesses of being involved in proceedings where one or more other parties may be the perpetrators of rape, sexual and domestic abuse and coercive control or persons connected to such perpetrators
The explanatory notes to the Lords amendments stated :
- "Lords Amendment 33 would insert a new clause which would provide for a requirement that all judges and magistrates in the family courts undergo specialist training in relation to rape, sexual and domestic abuse, and coercive control in accordance with a strategy and timetable published by the Secretary of State."
-  Parliament's webpage on the Domestic Abuse Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Domestic Abuse Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 3 March 2020, Parliament.uk
-  Lords amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Lords amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill as brought from the House of Commons on 7 July 2020, notes dated 25 March 2021, Parliament.uk
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||351 (+2 tell)||1||0||97.3%|
|Lab||0||195 (+2 tell)||0||99.0%|
|Robert Halfon||Harlow||Con (front bench)||no|