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Courts: Funding

Volume 691: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in the light of concerns expressed by members of the Judges' Council, they will ensure that the cost of responsibilities, such as the Prison Service and offender management, will not put at risk the proper funding of the court service. [HL3145]

The Lord Chancellor has a statutory duty under Section 1 of the Courts Act 2003 to,

“ensure that there is an efficient and effective system to support the carrying on of the business of the Supreme Court, county courts and magistrates' courts, and that appropriate services are provided for those courts”.

There are no plans to change legislation regarding the duties of the Lord Chancellor.