Stephen Whitehead Amidst all the discussion of what wasn’t in this week’s Queen’s Speech, it was easy to lose sight of what was in it. Justice system observers were quick to note, however, that the Prison and Courts Bill, originally scheduled to pass this summer, has returned to the agenda: albeit in a much reduced fashion. Whilst planned changes to prisons have been dropped, the long-anticipated modernisation of the courts is back on the table in a newly proposed courts bill – and likely to prove uncontroversial enough to pass even with the Conservative's shaky control of the commons. Assuming that the new courts bill replicates much of the older draft, it’s likely to include plans to offer defendants charged with the least serious offences the opportunity to...