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Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many magistrates serving in Warrington come from (a) Warrington, North, (b) Warrington, South constituency and (c) outside the borough. (103267)

There are 89 magistrates in the Warrington Local Justice Area. 36 magistrates live in (a) Warrington, North. 44 magistrates live in (b) Warrington, South. Nine magistrates live (c) outside the borough.

Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace follow my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor’s directions when making recommendations for appointment to the magistracy. This provides guidance that each Local Justice Area should broadly reflect the community it serves including geographical spread.