Judiciary: Youth Courts

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th May 2019.

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Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Labour, Wolverhampton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) district judges and (b) magistrates have been assigned to participate in youth courts in each year since 2010; and what proportion of those (i) district judges and (ii) magistrates were (A) women and (B) men.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

All salaried District Judges (Magistrates’ Court) are, following their appointment, trained and authorised to sit in the Youth Court. The number of judges on the 1st April in each year since 2010, male and female, is set out in the table below. Judicial statistics are not yet available for 1st April 2019.

1st April 2010

1st April 2011

1st April 2012

1st April 2013

1st April 2014

1st April 2015

1st April 2016

1st April 2017

1st April 2018

Male

106

99

100

101

98

95

89

90

91

Female

37

38

41

41

44

43

44

49

49

Total

143

137

141

142

142

138

133

138

140

Data on the number of magistrates assigned to youth court prior to October 2016 are not available and it would present a disproportionate expense to HMCTS to provide it. Data regarding youth magistrates is available from 1 April 2017. The data provided for magistrates are internal Management Information and not subject to the same quality checks as official statistics. The number of magistrates assigned to the Youth Court on 1st April 2017, 2018, and 2019, male and female, is set out in the table below.

1st April 2017

1st April 2018

1st April 2019

Male

1088

904

790

Female

1289

1133

1066

Total

2377

2037

1856

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