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Justice Committee

Members of the Justice Committee stood in silence to honour the memory of Prison Officer David Black and other victims of violence, on 7 November 2012.

Mr Black was shot dead on the M1 motorway in County Armagh on 1 November as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison.

Committee chairman Paul Givan proposed the period of silence.

He said it was appropriate to make a mark of respect on the day that Corporal Channing Day, who was killed on active service in Afghanistan, was being laid to rest in Comber, County Down, and ceremonies were being held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing.

Alban Maginness of the SDLP asked that members should also remember the family of Danny McKay, who was murdered recently in north Belfast.

The SDLP MLA said he believed Mr McKay had been killed by "dissident elements".

Sinn Fein's Raymond McCartney also spoke in support of the call for a period of silence.

Paul Givan later left the meeting, having explained that his wife had given birth to their new baby.

Raymond McCartney said that, due to the absence of the chairman, a planned update from the Attorney General on the regulation of the new Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast had been deferred until the following week.

The committee was briefed by Department of Justice (DoJ) officials on the review of legal aid in magistrates and county courts.

Robert Crawford of DoJ explained that the main change was the introduction of standard rates for lawyers' fees.

Members than undertook a clause-by-clause consideration of the Criminal Justice Bill.

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