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Magistrates' Court Cases (Costs)

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will bring forward legislation to allow magistrates' courts to award costs out of central funds in summary proceedings.

Magistrates' courts already have power to award costs out of central funds when dealing summarily with indictable offences. We do not at present have proposals for legislation to extend this power in respect of summary offences.