Proposed merger of the local justice areas in North Yorkshire

Closed 31 Dec 2014

Opened 1 Oct 2014

Results Updated 27 Jan 2015

The consultation proposed the merger of the four Local Justice Areas (LJAs) in North Yorkshire into a single area to be known as the North Yorkshire LJA.

The response paper summarises and analyses the responses and sets out the decision and reasons of the North and West Yorkshire Judicial Business Group to seek the approval of the Lord Chancellor to merge the four Local Justice Areas into one, to be known as the North Yorkshire Local Justice Area.

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Overview

Overview

A consultation proposing a merger of the four Local Justice Areas (LJAs) in North Yorkshire into a single area to be known as the North Yorkshire LJA.

The work of the Magistrates’ Courts in North Yorkshire is currently split between 4 LJAs (or benches):

  • York and Selby
  • Harrogate and Skipton
  • Northallerton and Richmond
  • Scarborough.

This proposal will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of justice in North Yorkshire by making best use of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and judicial resources through effective listing, efficient rota arrangements for magistrates’ sittings to enable them to meet the minimum sitting requirements set by the Lord Chancellor, and by reducing the administrative burden of supporting four separate benches to a proportionate level.

This consultation seeks the views of people or organisations that may be affected by the proposed change including magistrates, other judicial office holders, court users, stakeholders and public authorities and charities within North Yorkshire.

Audiences

  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary

Interests

  • Courts