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Charter Of Court Users

Volume 268: debated on Thursday 7 December 1995

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many complaints he has received against judges (a) in total and (b) for not complying with the charter for court users in the last five years in (i) the north-west as a whole and (ii) in the Merseyside area; and if he will make a statement. [3975]

This information is not available in the form requested. Records relating to complaints received centrally about the personal conduct of judges have been kept only since March 1992. Since that date, 62 such complaints regarding judges sitting on the northern circuit have been received. Information on complaints relating to judicial decisions is held by the Court Service, which has received centrally 297 such complaints since it was established on 1 April 1995. Information on complaints relating to judicial decisions broken down on a regional basis could be provided only at disproportionate cost.The charter for court users, which came into effect on 1 September 1995, sets out the standards court users can expect from the administration of the Court Service. It does not therefore apply to the work of the judiciary.

November 1992November 1995
JudiciaryTotal number of judiciaryEthnic minority originTotal number of judiciaryEthnic minority origin
Full-time Judiciary
High Court Judges820950
Circuit Judges48035145
District Judges25703392
Part-time Judiciary
Assistant Recorders47583419
Deputy District Judges71811
Stipendiary Magistrates921
Acting Stipendiary Magistrates873
Full-time Chairmen of Industrial Tribunals812
Part-time Chairmen of Social Security1785
Full-time Chairmen of Social Security Appeals Tribunals451
Part-time Chairmen of Social Security Appeals Tribunal45810