HC Deb 26 February 1964 vol 690 c95W
Mr. Roots

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the membership and terms of reference of the proposed Committee on the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Mr. Brooke

My right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor and I have now appointed the Committee. The membership and terms of reference are as follows Members

  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Donovan (Chairman).
  • The Hon. Mr. Justice Lawton.
  • Mr. E. L. Gardner, Q.C., M.P.
  • Mr. F. Elwyn Jones, Q.C., M.P.
  • Mr. V. J. Lissack.
  • Mr. F. J. Odgers.
  • Mr. Sebag Shaw, Q.C.

Terms of reference

To consider and report:—

  1. (1) Whether it would be in the public interest to transfer the hearing of all or some of the cases now heard by the Court of Criminal Appeal (namely appeals and applications for leave to appeal against conviction, appeals against sentence and references by the Home Secretary) to the Court of Appeal or some other Court; and if so as to the manner in which that Court should be constituted, the powers it should have and the procedure to be followed.
  2. (2) If in the view of the Committee the Court of Criminal Appeal should retain the whole or part of its current jurisdiction whether any and if so what changes are desirable
    1. (a) in the constitution, powers, practice and procedure of the Court;
    2. (b) in the system and procedure for giving notice of appeals and applications and in the functions and practice of the Criminal Appeal Office.