HC Deb 30 January 2001 vol 362 c153W
37. Mr. David Taylor

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what her policy is on the relationship between lay magistrates and district judges. [R] [146218]

Jane Kennedy

We believe that there is bound to be a continuing and major role for the foreseeable future for both lay and professional judges in the criminal courts. Each brings a different approach and a different range of experience to the court; making effective use of that experience can only be to the benefit of the community.