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Justice Bill - Committee Stage - Written Submissions

The Justice Bill was formally introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 16 June 2014 and passed its Second Stage on 24 June 2014. The Bill has now been referred to the Committee for Justice which has responsibility for the Committee Stage of the Bill.

During the Committee Stage the Committee will be scrutinising the clauses and schedules of the Bill.

The Committee has also agreed to seek views on proposed amendments to the Bill from the Department of Justice, the Attorney General for Northern Ireland and Mr Jim Wells MLA.

The Committee issued a written call for evidence in order to assist it with the scrutiny of the Bill and the proposed amendments to the Bill. The deadline for submissions passed on 12 September 2014. Below you will find a list of the submissions that the Committee received:

Additional information regarding submissions and feedback

Jim Wells Amendment

In relation to Mr Wells’ amendment a number of responses from individuals, petitions and postcards have also been received in support of the

amendment and these are detailed below:

On-line petition emails (organised by Precious Life on Citizen Go) – as of Wednesday 26 November a total of 6384 emails have

been received.

The Committee also received 5 petitions in support of Mr Wells’ amendment with a total of 171 signatures

o  Ballynahinch Free Presbyterian Church (31 signatures)

o  Crossgar Free Presbyterian Church (26 signatures)

o  Kilskeery free Presbyterian Church (39 signatures)

o  Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church (34 signatures)

o  6 petition from source unknown (total 176 signatures)

Postcard Campaign (organised by Precious Life) – as of Wednesday 26 November a total of 3,420 postcards have been

received. An additional approx. 22,000 postcards were delivered to the Committee on Wednesday 17 September by Precious

Life.

A petition from Precious Life was also received with 1,020 signatures.

197 responses from St Mary’s Limavady in support of the amendment.

134 letters received by post from individuals in support of the amendment.

44 emails from individuals supporting the amendment

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