Clause 148 - The appropriate judge

Part of Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:45 am ar 16 Ionawr 2003.

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Photo of Mr John Burnett Mr John Burnett Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol, Torridge and West Devon 9:45, 16 Ionawr 2003

I do not want to repeat what the hon. Member for Surrey Heath said, except to say that the number of cases at issue is small, as has been said several times during our consideration of the Bill. We are, of course, great supporters of the lay magistracy and the local magistrates courts, which are fundamental to ensuring that, in this country, justice

is done and is seen to be done locally. Will the Minister explain the underlying logic behind the definition of ''appropriate judge'' in the clause? Most of all, I am interested to know what information and advice the Minister has received from other putative category 1 territories about the status of the judges whom they will appoint to deal with these matters. Will they have the same status as that defined under the clause?