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Magistrates

Justice written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new Justices of the Peace have been appointed in each of the last 10 years; and to which courts they were appointed.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The following table shows the total number of magistrates (justices of the peace) appointed in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

As at 1 April to 31 March each year: Magistrates appointed
2002-03 1,410
2003-04 1,768
2004-05 1,766
2005-06 2,212
2006-07 2,412
2007-08 1,899
2008-09 1,773
2009-10 1,632
2010-11 1,012
2011-12 736

On appointment, magistrates are assigned to a local justice area and may then sit at a number of courts within the area. It has not been possible in the time available to provide a breakdown of appointments by local justice area. I will provide this information in a letter shortly.

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