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Magistrates

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 203730, tabled on 2 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people served as magistrates in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Answered on

14 July 2014

The total numbers of magistrates serving in England and Wales in each of the past five years is as follows:

2013-2014 – 21,613

2012-2013 – 23,244

2011-2012 – 25,155

2010-2011 – 26,966

2009-2010 – 29,270

The reduction in the overall number of serving magistrates is a natural consequence of falling workloads in the magistrates' courts, due to factors such as falling crime combined with the relatively steady levels of retirements and resignations.

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