HL Deb 27 May 1993 vol 546 c36WA
Viscount Davidson

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there are any plans for organisational changes in the management of the Court Service.

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern)

After detailed consideration, I have concluded that a move to Executive Agency status is the right way forward for the Court Service, and I envisage setting up the Service as an agency in April 1995.

Agency status will provide the management of the Court Service with a clearer focus on the job to be done, and greater flexibility to respond to the changing needs of all court users.

The Agency will comprise the staff of the unified Court Service. It will exclude the staff of the magistrates' court service, which is locally managed and whose organisation is dealt with in the White Paper A Framework for Local Justice.

The conversion of the Court Service into an agency will not affect the judiciary, either in its independent role and functions or in its relations with the administration.

Consultation with the judiciary and the trade union side on this subject has recently begun and will continue with them, and with other interested parties, throughout the implementation period.