District Judges

Lord Chancellor written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many district judges (magistrates courts) sit in England and Wales, broken down by county; and what plans he has to increase this number.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department)

The table shows where stipendiary magistrates (now district judges (magistrates courts)) are based, county by county. London includes the senior district judge and her deputy. A competition is under way to fill the following vacancies included in the figures—two in London, one in Greater Manchester, one in Middlesex, one in Nottinghamshire, one in South Yorkshire and one in West Yorkshire. The Government are considering Lord Justice Auld's recommendations which may have an impact on the number of these appointments required.

District judges (magistrates courts) district bench by county
County Number
Bristol 1
Cheshire 1
Cleveland 1
Derbyshire 2
Devon 1
Dorset 1
Essex 1
Greater Manchester 5
Hampshire 3
Humberside 1
Leicestershire 2
London 48
Merseyside 5
Middlesex 3
Norfolk 1
Nottinghamshire 3
Shropshire 1
South Wales 3
South Yorkshire 5
Staffordshire 1
Sussex 2
West Midlands 10
West Yorkshire 5
Total 106

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