Bishops take part in votes on reforms to Judicial Review

On 27th October 2014, four bishops took part in divisions on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, on the third day of its Report Stage. Details of the votes can be seen below.

House of Lords Division Lobby
House of Lords Division Lobby

Amendment 146 – Judicial review in the High Court and Upper Tribunal

Crossbench peer Lord Pannick moved amendment 146, which sought to soften the Government’s proposal that the High Court must refuse permission for a Judicial Review if it is ‘highly likely’ that the decision whose legality is being challenged would be unchanged even if the Review were successful.

Four bishops voted ‘content’ to this amendment. They were the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, and the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith. No bishop voted ‘not content’. There were: Contents: 247 | Not Contents: 181 | Result: Government Defeat

(via Parliament.uk)

Amendment 157 – Provision of information about financial resources

Lord Pannick moved amendment 157, which sought to allow discretion for the court to reach its own judgment rather than be bound by statute as to what is appropriate in the particular case.

Two bishops voted ‘content’ to this amendment. They were the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, and the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith. No bishop voted ‘not content’. There were: Contents: 228 | Not Contents: 195 | Result: Government Defeat.

(via Parliament.uk)

 

Amendment 164 – Interveners and costs

Lord Pannick moved amendment 164, which sought to give discretion to the courts as to whether they should award costs incurred in responding to evidence from an intervener.

The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, voted ‘content’ to this amendment. No bishop voted ‘not content’. There were: Contents: 219 | Not Contents: 186 | Result: Government Defeat

(via Parliament.uk)