Observations of the criminal sub committee of the council of HM circuit judges
Although there is one Crown Court the Court sits at 78 different Court centres. Those centres are not evenly distributed amongst the 42 Probation Areas. The centres are very different in nature. Some centres are large and situated in urban conurbations whilst others are very much smaller serving rural communities. Even where centres are of comparable size and in broadly comparable areas the patterns of crime and the necessary facilities required to deal with offenders vary substantially. These points are made to emphasise the desirability of close local involvement.