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Protocol under section 21 of the Courts Act 2003


The partnership between Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) and magistrates is fundamental to the work of the courts. A Government Amendment was made to the Courts Bill with the support of the Magistrates’ Association to ensure that proper and effective communication with the magistracy takes place and all parties are able to carry out their responsibilities in the management of the courts and the administration of justice. Section 21 of the Courts Act 2003 states: