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Magistrates Courts

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many magistrates courts clerks were (a) solicitors and (b) barristers in each of the last 10 years. (95002)

My Department does not hold information on the number of magistrates courts clerks who were solicitors or barristers prior to the creation of Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) on 1 April 2005. The responsibility for collecting this information would have rested with the former 42 independent magistrates courts committees. HMCS is in the process of developing a national Legal Adviser database which will provide this information. From the data currently available, I can confirm that of the magistrates court clerks employed by HMCS, approximately 65 per cent. are qualified solicitors, 30 per cent. are qualified barristers and 5 per cent. hold a national diploma in Magisterial Law.