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Magistrates' Courts (Reporting Restrictions)

Volume 33: debated on Thursday 2 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will introduce legislation to clarify the circumstances in which magistrates' courts may re-impose reporting restrictions when such restrictions have been lifted by them in the same case;(2) if he is satisfied with the working of section 8 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980; and if he will make a statement.

Section 8 as amended in 1981 appears to be working as Parliament intended. We have no reason to think that any clarification or other amendment is required.