Justice Select Committee


Another example of a Select Committee at work in parliament, with the Justice Select Committee recommending that the criminal courts charge should be dropped. The charge, between £150-£1200, is the what convicted criminals are expected to pay towards the costs of their case. However, it is not at all means tested.

This is a great example of Parliament scrutinising the government (and the relationship between these two is crucial for students to understand). The government makes a claim but a key role of Parliament is to scrutinise their information and their actions and hold them to account for it, exactly what the Justice Committee are doing in this case:

“The committee also said it was “highly sceptical” of government claims that the charges could deliver a net revenue of £80m to £160m a year by 2023.”

Great for evidence of the role/importance of Parliament and Select Committees.