HC Deb 31 January 1958 vol 581 cc118-9W
Mr. Rawlinson

asked the Attorney-General what training is given to lay magistrates before they act as justices; to what extent such training or instruction includes explanations of the role, practice, and etiquette of the bar, and in particular of the relationship between counsel, his instructing solicitor, and the accused; and if he will ensure that all these matters are included in such instruction in the future.

The Attorney-General

Courses of instruction are provided for newly-appointed justices of the peace throughout the country. These courses are administered by the local magistrates' courts committees, subject to the general approval of the Lord Chancellor, and their form varies in different areas. I cannot say to what extent the courses include the matters to which my hon. Friend refers, but I will draw the attention of my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor to the suggestion which he has made.

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