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(1)The Lord Chancellor may appoint such number of inspectors of the magistrates’ courts service (to be known collectively as “Her Majesty’s Magistrates’ Courts Service Inspectorate”) as he may consider appropriate.
(2)The Lord Chancellor shall appoint one of the persons so appointed to be Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of the Magistrates’ Courts Service.
(3)It shall be the duty of inspectors of the magistrates’ courts service—
(a)to inspect and report to the Lord Chancellor on the organisation and administration of magistrates’ courts for each magistrates’ courts committee area; and
(b)to discharge such other functions in connection with the organisation and administration of magistrates’ courts as the Lord Chancellor may from time to time direct.
[F1(3A)It shall also be the duty of inspectors of the magistrates’ courts service—
(a)to inspect and report to the Lord Chancellor on the performance by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (referred to in this and the next section as the Service), and the officers of the Service, of their functions; and
(b)to discharge, in connection with those functions or with related functions of any other person, such functions as the Lord Chancellor may from time to time direct.]
(4)Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of the Magistrates’ Courts Service shall make an annual report to the Lord Chancellor as to the discharge of the functions of the Inspectorate; and the Lord Chancellor shall, within one month of receiving the report, lay a copy of it before each House of Parliament.
[F2(4A)If pursuant to this section a recommendation is made for the taking of any action by a magistrates’ courts committee, the Lord Chancellor may give a direction requiring the committee to take the recommended action within a period specified in the direction.]
(5)The Lord Chancellor shall make to or in respect of inspectors of the magistrates’ courts service such payments by way of remuneration, allowances or otherwise as he may with the approval of the Treasury determine.
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