Pob 19 canlyniadau ar gyfer speaker:Lord Meston

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 156ZB (21 Mai 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, I raised questions about Clause 55 and how it might operate in practice at Second Reading that were really not answered. I make no criticism; the Minister had a lot to deal with. I regret not being able to participate in Committee. But I have devoted quite a lot of my professional life to the formation and validity of marriage, and therefore in the context of this Bill I would like...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 153A (21 Mai 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, I associate myself with those remarks. I stayed late, expecting to debate the question of the marriage of long-term prisoners, and was a bit concerned to see that the amendment from the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, appeared to be described as “already debated”, which I do not think it can possibly have been.

Modern Slavery National Referral Mechanism: Waiting Times - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, as the Minister has said, assessments to identify and support victims of trafficking, for whom any delay is harmful, can be complex and time-consuming. How many children are involved in the increasing backlog, either as victims themselves or as the children of victims? Do cases involving children receive any priority—and, if so, how?

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 90 (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, I support Amendment 90, which provides for the relaying of information to schools. Schools need accurate and prompt information about what is going on. They need to know, and understand, what is happening, or what is suspected. Therefore, I welcome the amendment. It is almost as important as the information going the other way—that is to say, schools relay information to local...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Meston: I fully understand the point that the Minister is making. Can he indicate whether this problem has now been referred to the relevant Family Procedure Rule Committee? If it has, I would hope that it would get urgent and speedy consideration. If it has not, when will it be?

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, I will speak in support of Amendments 80 and 84. These amendments would extend the provision of Jade’s law in the Bill, which relates to murder and manslaughter cases, and would deprive a convicted offender of parental responsibility. The amendments would extend the provisions to sexual offences against children in the family. A powerful case has been made for this extension. It...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, I will speak briefly again in relation to the provision of transcripts covered by Amendment 19. I fully understand the point and the force of the amendment and wish to emphasise a point that perhaps the noble Baroness did not. She is not, in fact, talking about transcripts of the whole trial or transcripts of sections of evidence. I could not help suspecting that the costly examples...

Children and Young People: Local Authority Care - Motion to Take Note (18 Ebr 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, like others, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Laming, for his introduction to this debate, which we all found as powerful as it was accurate. My contribution is as a family lawyer who has been involved in public law care proceedings for much of my professional life, latterly as a judge in the family court, and as someone who has had to make care orders. In some cases, the...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (16 Ebr 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, we discussed this in Committee. Since then, a decision of the Court of Appeal comprehensively rejected the rather eccentric argument that a child is not a person. In fact, reading that judgment, it is quite clear that there was never any doubt that a child is a person. The Oxford English Dictionary definition, which was quoted, defines a person as: “An individual human being; a...

Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, this Bill, and the Supreme Court decision which prompted it, have shone light on the somewhat arcane topic of third-party litigation funding. It is an area with which many legal practitioners frankly have little real familiarity, and with which most of the judiciary only have to deal from time to time. As stated in the Explanatory Notes to the Bill, third-party litigation funding is...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 82 ( 7 Chw 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, I hesitate to interrupt, and I understand the drift of what the noble Earl is saying, but all I was suggesting was that, although I fully understand the desirability in many cases of having Section 91(14) orders—and suggest that in these extreme cases they should be the norm—it should not be done in the Crown Court but should be part of the mandatory requirements at the review...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 82 ( 7 Chw 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, having started to grow old in the family courts, I feel that I ought to address some of these amendments, some of which I would like to support and some of which I would like to qualify. I begin by clearing up one particular point, which was possibly a slip by the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton. There is no question now of unrepresented litigants being allowed to cross-examine...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 76 (to Amendment 75) ( 5 Chw 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, reference was made briefly to Amendment 80, and “services for victims … with no recourse to public funds”. I want to offer brief but firm support for that amendment. Quite simply, victims of domestic abuse with no recourse to public funds are some of the most disadvantaged people that one sees in the family justice system. It is unthinkable, in my view, that they could be...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (31 Ion 2024)

Lord Meston: Only sometimes.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 20 (31 Ion 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, what this debate has shown is the need for some clarity about what can and cannot properly be provided to the victim after criminal proceedings. While I understood and supported the provision of a transcript, the conventional view always was, at least until I heard the arguments today, that the provision of a transcript of the whole trial would be very expensive and probably, in...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 18 (31 Ion 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, I also support Amendment 18, which would require the code to provide for interpreting and translation services and, more importantly, for the standards to be expected of the professionals supplying those services. Good and reliable interpreting and translation is an increasingly necessary part of the justice system in all areas. It is also an expensive part of the system, for which...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 5 (24 Ion 2024)

Lord Meston: My Lords, I support the amendments in this group, which seek to ensure better focus on the position and needs of children and thereby provide a better framework of support for children who are victims or potential victims. I assume that the word “person” in Clause 1 includes a child but nevertheless I think that should be emphasised in the Bill, as so many noble Lords have said. The...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Second Reading (18 Rha 2023)

Lord Meston: My Lords, the Bill covers a lot of ground, and I agree that in some respects it has benefited from the extra time allowed, having been carried over from the previous parliamentary Session. I also agree that there is more to be done. The valuable definition of victims at the start of the Bill is clearly the product of careful thought and is welcome. That definition helps to dispel the notion...

King’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) ( 8 Tach 2023)

Lord Meston: My Lords, it feels strange to stand and speak here for the first time after 24 years. In 1999, when many of us left—not expecting to return—what was to follow was then being described as the transitional House. Having come back, I have to observe that it seems that the transition has been only gradual and may well have some way to go. Meanwhile, it is good to see again some friendly and...


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