The second reading of the Judicature Modernisation Bill
was completed on a voice vote.
The bill of more than 1200 pages rewrites, modernises and re-organises the Judicature Act 1908 as well as dealing with a
number of other court system changes.
The Bill is to implement proposals arising from the recommendations of the Law Commission’s review of the Judicature Act
1908 and replaces or amends a number of statutes including the appointment of judges; electronic operation of court
processes, arbitration procedures and providing for final written judgements to be published online unless there is good
reason not to do so.
The bill was widely supported though there were a few issues raised notably around the introduction of a mandatory
retirement age for judges at 72.
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