HC Deb 09 March 1910 vol 14 cc1600-1W

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the present congested state of business in the King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice, and to the fact that the trial of common jury actions has been suspended during the current week; and whether he will take steps to deal with the difficulty, either by carrying out the recommendation of the recent Commission by appointing two additional judges, or at all events by appointing additional commissioners of assize?


I am informed that the absence from illness and other causes of certain of the King's Bench Judges has served to aggravate the condition of business in that division. The Lord Chancellor has appointed two Commissioners of Assize, and by this arrangement two additional Judges have been enabled to remain in London. I may add that the Lord Chancellor is most desirous that a Bill should be introduced, without delay, and passed as a non-contentious measure providing, in accordance with the recommendation of the Joint Committee of the two Houses, for the temporary appointment of two additional Judges. I hope that this may be arranged, and the progress of business in the King's Bench Division facilitated accordingly.