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Chorley Magistrates Court

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many courts operate on a regular basis at Chorley magistrates court. (177071)

Chorley magistrates court is part of the South West Lancashire magistrates courts. South West Lancashire magistrates courts are administered from the courthouse at Chorley, and courts sit at courthouses in Chorley, Leyland and Ormskirk.

Chorley magistrates court has three actual courtrooms, which are in regular use. Currently three courts sit three days a week, with two courts sitting two days a week. One court sits on each Saturday and bank holiday.

One of the courtrooms at Chorley will be temporarily out of commission between 28 March and 16 May 2008. This is to enable staff to be trained on site, for the new IT system, Libra, which goes live at the court on 9 May 2008. The Libra IT system is being rolled out to all magistrates courts nationally.

Work that would ordinarily be accommodated in this courtroom will be allocated to the neighbouring courthouses, namely at South Ribble and Ormskirk (primarily to South Ribble). This arrangement will be monitored to ensure it is operating effectively, and any disruption to court users is kept to a minimum.