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Section 708 (G) Of The Bar Standards Code

EDM number 2008 in 2010-12, proposed by David Morris on 29/06/2011.
Categorised under the topic of Legal profession.

That this House notes that Section 708 (g) of the Bar Standards Code states that barristers must not make statements or ask questions which are merely scandalous or intended or calculated only to vilify insult or annoy either a witness or some other person; believes that this rule must be rigorously enforced to ensure that witnesses are not cross-examined in a way that adds nothing to the case but humiliates them; further believes that recent controversy about cross-examinations could be avoided in future if these rules are once again made clear to all practising barristers; calls on the Government to make clear to the Bar Council that it has a duty rigorously to enforce these rules and to take allegations of impropriety seriously; and further calls on the Bar Council to draw the attention of all practising barristers to this section of their rules.

This motion has been signed by a total of 9 MPs.

David Morris29/06/2011Morecambe and LunesdaleConservativeProposed
Peter Bottomley29/06/2011Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Martin Caton30/06/2011GowerLabourSeconded
Tessa Munt04/07/2011WellsLiberal DemocratSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins05/07/2011Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Lorely Burt06/07/2011SolihullLiberal DemocratSeconded
Mary Glindon11/07/2011North TynesideLabourSigned
Roger Williams14/07/2011Brecon and RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
John Hemming18/07/2011Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned

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