HC Deb 09 March 1927 vol 203 cc1231-2
53. Mr. W. BAKER

asked the Attorney. General whether he will state the precise duties which are performed by a Judges' marshal?


A Judges' marshal acts as private secretary to the Judge and also as aide-de-camp, as the Judge represents the King on Circuit. He also impanels and swears the Grand Jury; he attends and sits in Court in case the Judge requires his services, and generally renders to the Judge any service or assistance which the latter may require.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider whether this is not one of the few cases where an economy can be secured? £3,000 is spent on this form of service, which could be dispensed with.


It is not a matter immediately for myself to consider, but for the Lord Chancellor, Speaking for myself, think it would be regrettable if the emoluments of Judges, which are already sufficiently low, were in any way interfered with.