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Judiciary

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, (b) the Lord Chief Justice and Heads of Division and other judges of the Court of Appeal and High Court, (c) Crown and County Court judges, (d) district judges sitting in crime and civil and family matters and (e) High Court masters who are engaged in administrative and managerial work in addition to their judicial work; and what estimate he has made of the average number of days per calendar month that those in each category spend on such work. (251944)

The Ministry of Justice does not currently hold any information on the amount of time spent by judges on administrative and managerial work. All judges may be called on from time to time to assume responsibilities in relation to the courts and jurisdictions they work in. How much time these responsibilities take to discharge will depend on the level of responsibility, the circumstances and the judge.

I am informed that the Judges’ Council is undertaking work at present to provide better estimates of judges’ workloads. The collection, and any release, of this information is a matter for the Lord Chief Justice.