Community Courts (Nottingham)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Constitutional Affairs – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Graham Allen Graham Allen Labour, Nottingham North 2:30 pm, 6th March 2007

I welcome again the Government's community court initiative on reuniting communities and the justice system that is meant to serve them. Will my right hon. and learned Friend meet senior judiciary to clarify a couple of matters: first, communities' involvement in the possible appointment of judges in community courts; and secondly, relaxation of the very stringent accommodation criteria that are necessary for magistrates courts so that they can be located in the neighbourhoods that they are intended to serve?