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Protocol to support judicial deployment in the Magistrates’ Courts


November 2012

This protocol was drawn together by a working group consisting of the Deputy Senior Presiding Judge, Lord Justice Gross, the Magistrates’ Association, National Bench Chairmen’s Forum, Senior District Judge and HMCTS. One of the key aims is to ensure optimal use of both Magistrates and District Judges (Magistrates Courts), each essential to the administration of summary justice and the family justice system. Another is to eliminate or minimise friction between Magistrates and DJ (MC)s ensuring that the focus, above all, is on the administration of justice.