HC Deb 25 January 1982 vol 16 c243W
42. Mr. John H. Osborn

asked the Attorney-General if he will list the responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor in connection with the funding of the courts and the reporting, maintenance, filing and preserving of court records; and to what extent, if any, he shares these responsibilities with other Departments or bodies.

The Attorney-General

The Lord Chancellor has responsibility for most of the expenditure incurred in the administration of the Supreme Court and the county courts, including the maintenance and filing of court records. The reporting of civil trials and appeals in the Supreme Court is governed in part by the Rules of the Supreme Court and in part by a direction of the Lord Chancellor. Under the Public Records Act 1958, the Lord Chancellor is also responsible for the public records of every court of record or magistrates' court in England and Wales.