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Access to Justice Act 1999

D.Magistrates and magistrates’ courts (Part V - sections 74-97)

17.Part V of the Act contains a range of provisions relating to magistrates and magistrates’ courts. It:

  • provides for various changes to the organisation and management of magistrates’ courts, and in particular establishes a single Magistrates’ Courts Authority for Greater London;

  • unifies the provincial and metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrates into a single bench;

  • removes the requirement for magistrates to sit on cases committed to the Crown Court for sentence; and

  • extends and clarifies the powers of civilians to execute warrants - this is intended to enable this function to be transferred from the police to the magistrates’ courts.

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