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Written Answers — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Unfair Practices: Credit (13 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply. Her Majesty's Courts Service does not collect data on actions commenced under particular Acts. Instead data are collected on the basis of the type of remedy sought, for example, specified/unspecified money claims or possession. Therefore I am unable to provide the information requested. The Consumer Credit Act 2006 amends the Consumer Credit Act 1974. The 1974 Act...

Written Answers — Justice: Courts: Essex (13 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: There are five county courts in Essex, located at Basildon, Harlow, Chelmsford, Colchester and Southend. Basildon and Harlow are relatively small and only sit District Judges. Chelmsford is the Care Centre for the whole of Essex and Colchester and Southend are both Trial Centres. We are currently reviewing the listing arrangements, mainly for the Circuit Judges, with a view to ensuring that...

Written Answers — Justice: Courts: Fines (13 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Although my Department identifies the total value of fines owed and the total value of fines collected within each police force area, current management information systems do not allow for these to be separated into those imposed and paid within a single year. It is therefore not possible to say how many fines imposed in a year remain unpaid. However the following table contains amounts that...

Written Answers — Justice: Enforcement Restriction Orders (13 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The county courts have not granted any enforcement restriction orders (EROs) because the provisions have not yet been introduced. Our current intention is to implement the ERO in 2010. The ERO scheme was enacted in Chapter 2 of Part 5 of the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. It was developed following extensive consultation with the advice and credit sectors. It is intended...

Written Answers — Justice: Intellectual Property (13 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Article 4 of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC) sets out who has an entitlement to make an application for the provisions available under the Directive. Subsections (a) and (b), which recognise the entitlement of holders of intellectual property rights and those authorised to use those rights, have already been implemented. Subsections (c) and (d) require...

Written Answers — Justice: HM Courts Service: Hampshire (14 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: External recruitment for all permanent staff in Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) is managed through a central resourcing unit. This unit has been involved in filling external vacancies throughout the period in question. Firstly, for the former Court Service, which includes the bailiffs and following the creation of HMCS, it has also dealt with vacancies in the former magistrates courts....

Written Ministerial Statements — Justice: Coroners and Justice Bill (14 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The Government have today published the Coroners and Justice Bill. I have also published today two additional documents which relate to the coroner provisions in the Bill. The first of these documents is a revised draft Charter for bereaved people who come into contact with a reformed coroner system. This follows our most recent discussion paper on the draft Charter which was issued for...

Written Answers — Justice: Court Orders: Compensation (15 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The available information shown in the following table shows the total number of compensation orders imposed, the average amount of those compensation orders and the total monetary value of those compensation orders in each of the last five years. Centrally held data do not cover the percentage of these orders that were subsequently collected. Number of offenders ordered to pay...

Written Answers — Justice: Court Orders: Compensation (15 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The requested information is not held centrally. Data on the collection of compensation orders are not held by either the Ministry of Justice or HMCS. Information on the enforcement rate of financial penalties imposed by courts cannot make the distinction between compensation orders and other financial penalties.

Written Answers — Justice: Magistrates Courts: Lyndhurst (19 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: As part of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), HMCS Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (HMCS HIOW) have to make efficiency savings over the next three years. No decisions have yet been made but there is a proposal to close Lyndhurst magistrates court temporarily and move its work to Southampton magistrates court, a modern purpose-built courthouse with courtroom capacity for the workload of Lyndhurst....

Written Answers — Justice: Magistrates Courts: Lyndhurst (19 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: A decision was taken in 1993 by the then Magistrates Courts Committee to close the five existing magistrates court facilities in the New Forest and replace these with a new facility at Lyndhurst. Any decision to close the magistrates court at Lyndhurst temporarily will take into account the needs of those who live and work in the New Forest area and their ability to access justice. The cost...

Written Answers — Justice: Magistrates Courts: Welsh Language (19 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: When the bilingual version of the new Libra IT system is introduced in Wales in September 2009, magistrates court summonses will be produced in Welsh as a matter of course. Until September 2009 summonses can be translated upon request within one working day.

Written Answers — Justice: Family Courts (20 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: There are currently no plans to make legislative changes to allow a party to obtain a second opinion of a medical expert for use in a family case without the court's permission.

Written Answers — Justice: Termination of Employment: Disclosure of Information (20 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The provisions introduced by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protect most workers from being subjected to a detriment by their employer for making a protected disclosure of information in the public interest. Employees who are protected by the provisions may make a claim for unfair dismissal if they believe they have been dismissed for making a protected disclosure. Workers who are...

Written Answers — Justice: Courts: Fees and Charges (21 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: The fee to issue an application under section 31 of the Children Act 1989 is fixed at £2,225. Two additional fees may be charged at a later stage of the process if the stages are required. A full list of fees for family proceedings is set out in the Family Proceedings Fees Order 2008, this order came into force on 1 May 2008.

Written Answers — Justice: Debt Collection: Regulation (21 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: As detailed in the response to Consultation‚ÄĒRegulation of Enforcement Agents dated 18 March 2008 the preferred option for regulation of the industry, for those enforcement agents who are not Crown Employees, is by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). The SIA has produced a business case on the way forward, which will be reviewed and final decisions taken in February 2009.

Written Answers — Justice: Compensation: Enforcement (22 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Information on the costs of collection of compensation orders is not collected. Data on the costs of collection of compensation orders is not held by either the Ministry of Justice or HMCS. Information on the enforcement rate of financial penalties imposed by courts is held but cannot make the distinction between compensation orders and other financial penalties and to use this figure to...

Written Answers — Justice: Coroners (22 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Statistics on the number of open verdicts returned by coroners in England and Wales in each year between 2002 and 2007, broken down by area, have been placed in the Library of the House. Figures for 2008 are not yet available, but are due to be published on the Ministry of Justice website in May.

Written Answers — Justice: Coroners: Ethnic Groups (22 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: At present coroners do not collect data on the ethnicity of the deceased in deaths which are referred to them. As part of our work to implement the coroner reforms included in the Coroner and Justice Bill we will be reviewing the statistical data currently collected by coroners and considering whether any changes are required.

Written Answers — Justice: Repossession Orders: Chelmsford (22 Jan 2009)

Bridget Prentice: Although figures for the West Chelmsford constituency are not available, the following tables show the number of mortgage and landlord possession orders made in Chelmsford county court from 2003 onwards. The civil procedure rules state that all claims for the repossession of land must be commenced in the district in which the land is situated. However, Chelmsford county court covers areas...


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