Magistrates: Nottinghamshire

Justice written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates there were in Nottinghamshire (a) on the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in each year between 2008 and 2011.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Judicial Office figures for the number of magistrates in Nottinghamshire for the requested years are as follows:

29 June 2012 (current) 577
31 March 2011 644
31 March 2010 679
31 March 2009 673
31 March 2008 736

The fall in the number of magistrates recruited in Nottinghamshire reflects the national picture. This is due to the reduced workload in the magistrates courts. The Nottinghamshire Advisory Committee has recommended seven candidates for appointment as magistrates. The appointment submission is currently in progress and waiting for approval by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, my right hon. and learned Friend Mr Clarke, in concurrence with the senior presiding judge.

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