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Magistrates Courts

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many jobs have been (a) lost and (b) created at magistrates courts as a result of restructuring in 2009-10. (297792)

Magistrates courts are part of Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS). The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff in HMCS at 31 March 2009 was 19,100. This had reduced to 18,657 at end September 2009. During the year staff numbers will also fluctuate as individuals either leave, or are recruited, and it is not possible to say definitively how much of this overall reduction is directly a result of restructuring.