Maximum Number of Judges Order 2003

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:59 pm on 5th March 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Seccombe Baroness Seccombe Conservative 8:59 pm, 5th March 2003

My Lords, I should declare an interest as my brother is a retired High Court judge. I was brought up on the maxim that justice delayed is justice denied. If the order helps to alleviate that problem, we should go along with it.

I wish to ask the Minister two questions. First, I am intrigued by the order's financial effect. High Court judges are, quite rightly, highly paid. However, the Explanatory Memorandum states that,

"there are no additional costs to the public or the exchequer arising from the instrument".

I should be grateful if the Minister could explain how that is calculated and whether there will be any additional costs in succeeding years.

Secondly, does the Minister expect to come back to the House in the near future with a request for a further increase in the number of judges to reflect the rise in appeals and judicial reviews flowing from the provisions of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002?