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Magistrates' Courts: Statistics

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 22 July (

Official Report, cols. 876–878) on centralising magistrates' courts in Derbyshire, to list for each county—

  • a) the number of magistrates' courts planned to be closed;
  • b) the number of new magistrates courts planned to open. [HL3079]
  • a) This information is not held centrally and may only be provided at disproportionate cost by contacting each of the 96 magistrates' courts committees in England and Wales; Section 56 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997 provides that my only role is to decide appeals made to me; thus, if no dispute arises, there is no requirement to inform me of plans to close any magistrates' courts;
  • b) there are five new magistrates' courts planned: one each for Southampton, Hereford, Worcester, Kidderminster and Redditch. All five are replacements of existing facilities. Older buildings will close as a result. My Department is also working on final bids for a further eight courts, including three in Derbyshire.