In his lecture, Mr Justice Roderick Evans will consider the use of the Welsh language in legal proceedings in Wales
Wednesday 22 November 2006
22 November 2006
The Centre for Welsh Legal Affairs' Seventh Annual Lecture will be held in the Council Chamber at the National Library of Wales on November 25th at 4.30pm.
The speaker will be The Honourable Mr Justice Roderick Evans, Presiding Judge of the Wales Courts Circuit, and the title of the talk will be “Bilingual Juries?”.
Mr Justice Roderick Evans will consider the use of the Welsh language in legal proceedings in Wales. At the present time, it is not possible to empanel a jury on the basis of its members' ability to understand the Welsh language, although defendants and witnesses may speak Welsh in court proceedings.
Accordingly, Mr Justice Roderick Evans will consider whether it is desirable to make provision for the empanelling of a jury, each member of which is able to understand English and Welsh. This follows a Home Office consultation document and the recommendation in Lord Justice Auld’s report on the Criminal Courts, that this issue was one for Wales to decide. This is a public lecture, and everyone is welcome to attend, free of charge.