Sunday, December 5, 2021

The state of play in Parliament

Will Parliament shunt serious sex cases into Britain's civilian courts? Isobel Thompson writes in Open Democracy:

What happens next?

Next Monday, MPs are scheduled to debate the issue again, providing another potential avenue for amending the law. This is because the House of Lords opposed the government and backed the notion of passing serious sexual violence allegations to the civilian system (unless authorised otherwise by the attorney general), so the bill has returned to the Commons.

"Every service person should have the same protection by his or her day in court as a civilian counterpart. Our forces are now much closer to those in civilian life than they were and should have the same rights, hallowed and developed over centuries, as civilians,” argued one peer, Lord Morris of Aberavon.

Stay tuned. 

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