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Courts Act 2003

Part 1: Maintaining the Court System.Summary

6.Part 1 of the Act places a duty on the Lord Chancellor to provide an efficient and effective system to support the carrying on of the business of all the main courts in England and Wales, namely the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Crown Court, the county courts and the magistrates’ courts. This responsibility will be discharged, in practice, by a new executive agency, as part of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, replacing the Court Service and the 42 MCCs. This agency will have local community links through courts boards, established under this Part.

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