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Magistrates Courts

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent representations the Lord Chancellor has received on restructuring the magistrates' courts system. [114237]

The Lord Chancellor and I have received representations about the plan to bring together the administration of the courts into a single organisation. These have come from the full range of stakeholders of the court system. We are particularly grateful to the Judiciary, Association of Justices' Chief Executives, the Justices' Clerks Society, Magistrates' Association, the Association of Magisterial Officers, the PCS and the Central Council of Magistrates Courts Committees for their active participation in developing these proposals. The Lord Chancellor and I have received a number of letters from Chairmen of magistrates courts benches.