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Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
David Hanson
Ministry of Justice
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath
Ministry of Justice

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 ch. 4 - html version 08.05.2008

Summary of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

The Bill sets out new powers to deal with anti-social and violent behaviour, make sentencing decisions clearer and introduces a new community sentence for young offenders.
The Government set out its commitment to delivering an effective criminal justice system in ‘Rebalancing the criminal justice system in favour of the law-abiding majority’, published in July 2006. It looks at how to cut crime, reduce reoffending and protect the public. The Bill sets out how it would deliver the commitments set out in the review.

This Bill is carried over from the 2006-07 session.

Key areas

  • Ensure that the needs of victims are at the heart of what the criminal justice system does
  • Toughen up trial processes when an offender fails to appear without good reason
  • Create new powers to tackle anti-social and violent behaviour
  • Create a new offence to deal with violent pornography
  • Introduce a generic community sentence for young offenders
  • Make sentencing decisions clearer and address imbalances in the way convictions are overturned and offenders released
  • Bring compensation for those wrongly convicted into line with compensation paid to victims of crime.

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