HC Deb 23 January 1978 vol 942 c434W
45. Mr. Abse

asked the Attorney-General how many judges continue to sit as permanent judges at the Old Bailey; how many have retired since the passing of the Courts Act 1971; how many non-permanent circuit judges have sat at the Old Bailey during the last year; and what steps are being taken to accelerate the implementation of the provisions of the Courts Act 1971 providing for the abolition of permanent judges at the Old Bailey.

The Attorney-General

Ten permanent Old Bailey judges now sit there: since the Courts Act, two have retired, two have transferred elsewhere and one has died. No further permanent judges have been appointed: the Courts Act provides not for the abolition of the permanent judges but that there shall be no further appointments. Twenty-seven other circuit judges sat at the Old Bailey in 1977.