5457 - Unpaid Fines: Nottinghamshire (Answered)

Vernon Coaker
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the level of outstanding fines was for courts in Nottinghamshire in 2014-15.

Mr Shailesh Vara

5150 - Sentencing: North West (Answered)

Mr Mark Hendrick
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were remitted by each High Court in North West England to each magistrates court in the North West for sentencing in 2014.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The High Court hears Chancery, Queen’s Bench and Family matters which are not criminal cases requiring sentencing which could be dealt with in a magistrates’ court. Therefore there is no scenario in which the High Court would remit a case to a magistrates’ court for sentencing.

4703 - Judges (Answered)

Keith Vaz
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many judges have been appointed since (a) 1 January and (b) 7 May 2015.

Mr Shailesh Vara

From 1st January to 6th May (inclusive), 42 salaried and 105 fee-paid judges were appointed. From 7th May to 30th June (inclusive), 19 salaried and 76 fee-paid judges were appointed.

4538 - Courts: Fines (Answered)

Cat Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the privatisation of the collection and enforcement of fines, compensation and other charges imposed by the criminal courts.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The department is committed to enforcing as many criminal financial impositions as possible. Working with an external provider would bring the necessary investment, technology and innovation to build on the improvements already made by HMCTS.

4512 - Judges (Answered)

Mark Pritchard
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will take steps to remove the power of veto held by the Lord Chief Justice on the Lord Chancellor's power to remove circuit and district judges.

Mr Shailesh Vara

There are no plans to take such steps.

4506 - Judges (Answered)

Mark Pritchard
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to repeal section 11(3) of The Supreme Court Act 1981 and introduce a new mechanism for the removal of a judge of the High Court or the Court of Appeal that does not require an Act of Parliament.

Mr Shailesh Vara

There are no plans to introduce a new mechanism for the removal of a judge of the High Court or the Court of appeal or to repeal section 11(3) of the Senior Courts Act 1981 (formerly known as the Supreme Court Act 1981).

4085 - Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges (Answered)

Justin Madders
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which bodies his Department consulted on the terms of reference for the review of the employment tribunal fees regime.

Mr Shailesh Vara

I have been asked to reply as responsibility for this falls within the Ministry of Justice's remit.

This is an internal Government review and we have not asked for submissions from the public.

4018 - Magistrates' Courts (Answered)

Philip Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the rate of utilisation was of each magistrates' court in the latest year for which figures are available.

Mr Shailesh Vara

It has not been possible to answer this question in the time allowed. Utilisation data for magistrates’ courts is undergoing consistency checks. In order to provide the most current data available, I will write to the honourable member shortly.

4500 - Social Security Benefits: Appeals (Answered)

Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken to process an appeal against a decision relating to (a) a sanction relating to jobseeker's allowance or employment support allowance, (b) a Fit for Work assessment and (c) eligibility for personal independence payment was in each of the last three years.

Mr Shailesh Vara

4420 - Courts (Answered)

Mr Mark Hendrick
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the policy is of HM Courts and Tribunals Service on sending reminders by (a) text message and (b) email to defendants reminding them of the time and date of (i) court hearings and (ii) bail conditions.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is committed to ensuring all parties to court proceedings are notified of any future hearing dates and where relevant bail conditions.

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