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Magistrates Courts: Costs

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average daily amount paid to a magistrate was in each of the last three years. (276750)

Magistrates are not paid for carrying out their duties but may claim allowances within specified limits for travel, subsistence and financial loss. The structure of HMCS' financial systems does not enable the calculation of the daily amount paid in allowances.

From 1 August 2008, magistrates may claim the following daily allowances:

Day subsistence

£

Four to eight hours

7.34

Eight to 12 hours

10.23

Financial loss

£

Self-employed

Other

Up to four hours

56.63

45.30

Over four hours

113.26

90.61

Approximately half of the 30,000 magistrates in England and Wales do not claim any allowances.

On average, magistrates sit 17.5 days per annum. The total loss of earnings and travel and subsistence costs paid to magistrates in each of the last three years was:

£

2006-07

17,560,000

2007-08

16,911,000

2008-09

17,839,000