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Commissioners (Divorce Cases)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the Attorney-General how many Commissioners other than county court judges were appointed in 1950 to try cases for dissolution of marriage; and how much was paid to them by way of remuneration in that period.

Six Commissioners other than county court judges were appointed to sit in London and received remuneration amounting to £8,442: four Commissioners were appointed to sit in the provinces and received £504.

Does not the right hon. and learned Gentleman think that the time has come to review this temporary system in favour of a more permanent one, in view of the fact that the amount to which he has referred would provide the salaries of at least two more permanent judges?

It may be—I do not know—that this is one of the matters which might come within the terms of reference of the Royal Commission which it is proposed to appoint on the marriage laws. I am not saying that it will be, but it may be. The whole matter of this jurisdiction is under consideration.