Oral Answers to Questions — Petty Sessional Courts (Chairmen)

– in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the Attorney-General whether, in his consideration of reforms of the police courts, it is proposed to have a person with legal qualification to be the chairman for every court?

Photo of Mr Donald Somervell Mr Donald Somervell , Crewe

My hon. Friend's Question no doubt refers to petty sessional courts and not to police courts, in which a stipendiary magistrate sits. My Noble Friend will carefully consider whether the proposal mentioned by my hon. Friend is practicable and desirable when the question of the reforms to which he refers comes up for decision.

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that in police courts common sense is more important than legal qualifications?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman also remember that common sense is frequently absent?

Photo of Mr Donald Somervell Mr Donald Somervell , Crewe

Common sense and legal knowledge are not mutually exclusive.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Is not common sense a most uncommon thing?