Judicial Review and Courts Bill — Clause 3 — Automatic Online Conviction and Penalty for Certain Summary Offences — 25 Jan 2022 at 17:45
The majority of MPs voted not to require a prosecutor to be satisfied, having undertaken a physical and mental health assessment, that the accused does not have any vulnerabilities and disabilities that impede their ability to understand or effectively participate in proceedings as a condition of using a process enabling a case to be dealt with online without the involvement of the court or magistrate.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 20, page 5, line 34, at end insert—
- “(e) the prosecutor is satisfied that the accused does not have any vulnerabilities and disabilities that impede the ability of the accused to understand or effectively participate in proceedings, having undertaken a physical and mental health assessment.”
The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory statement from its proposer:
- This amendment would require that all accused persons considered for automatic online convictions are subject to a health assessment, and that only those who do not have any vulnerabilities or disabilities are given the option of being convicted online.
The rejected amendment would have impacted Clause 3 of the Bill which was titled: Automatic online conviction and penalty for certain summary offences and provided for certain individuals who plead guilty to be dealt with "online without the involvement of the court [or magistrate]" if the defendant agrees. The proposed amendment would have added a new condition for determining if a case qualifies for the automatic online process.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Judicial Review and Courts Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Judicial Review and Courts Bill as amended in committee, 23 November 2021, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Judicial Review and Courts Bill as introduced, 27 July 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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||304 (+2 tell)||0||1||85.0%|
|Lab||0||155 (+2 tell)||0||78.9%|
|Miriam Cates||Penistone and Stocksbridge||Con (front bench)||both|