HC Deb 28 July 1976 vol 916 cc260-1W
Mr. Rose

asked the Attorney-General how many staff, including all full time judges, circuit and administrators and their staffs, have been in posts at Crown courts in each of the last five years; and how this compares with the numbers prior to the implementation of the Beeching Report.

The Attorney-General

The total number of circuit judges on 1st April in each of the last five years was as follows:

1972 278
1973 308
1974 314
1975 329
1976 336

For the numbers of staff, including circuit administrative staff, during that period, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 2nd July.—[Vol. 914, c. 349].

It is not practicable to make any valid comparison with the situation as it existed before 1st January 1972, when the Crown court came into existence. Before that date most courts of quarter sessions were presided over by part-time judges and such courts were administered by the local authorities. There was no unified administrative court service before the changes which were made following the Beeching Report.

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