Clause 185 - Court's powers on appeal

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:45 pm ar 11 Rhagfyr 2001.

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Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Ceidwadwyr, Surrey Heath 12:45, 11 Rhagfyr 2001

I need not detain the Committee for any length of time on the matter. As the Minister explained, the amendments replicate amendments that the Government have already introduced in respect of the equivalent clauses in the provisions for England and Wales—clauses 33 and 52—so we have already made similar amendments.

My only question concerns whether there are different, additional provisions that relate specifically to cases that go to the Court of Appeal from the Crown court in Northern Ireland. I am sure that the Minister will say that he and his officials have considered the matter and that there are absolutely no changes. However, I am aware that sometimes, perhaps partly because Crown courts in Northern Ireland usually sit without juries, there are some different provisions relating to how the Court of Appeal considers appeals from Northern Ireland courts. Will he confirm whether there is a difference?