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Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the conduct of the bailiffs, Phillips Ltd.; and if he will make a statement. [169810]

Maria Eagle: I have received two pieces of correspondence about the bailiff company Phillips. The first from my right hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George) which was seeking clarification of their role in enforcing court imposed fines, the second from the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr. Dunne), in connection with an incorrectly addressed letter sent by Phillips.

Phillips is contracted by Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) in the Midlands and North East Regions, to execute distress and financial arrest warrants and clamping orders on behalf of HMCS, where the defendant has failed to respond to communications and attempts from the court to enforce the fine.

My hon. Friend may be aware of an article in the Civil Enforcement News magazine which raised the concerns of Washington Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) about the conduct of Phillips when enforcing fines. Officials from HMCS have recently met with the Washington CAB to explain the enforcement process carried out by HMCS and the role of Phillips once a distress warrant has been issued to them. A joint meeting between HMCS, CAB and Phillips is due to take place in early January 2008.


Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which local authorities cover the cost of reinstatement of gravestones after they are deemed to be unsafe through topple testing. [170636]

Bridget Prentice: Responsibility for the maintenance of gravestones lies with their owners, or as otherwise agreed with the local authority. However, I understand that a number of local authorities have decided, at their discretion, to incur the cost of making the gravestones safe.

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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Crown courts there are; where each is located; and how many judges are attached to each court. [170098]

Maria Eagle: The Crown court is a single court, which currently sits at 91 locations (listed in table A). Under the provisions of section 8 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 all High Court judges, Circuit judges, Recorders, and District judges (magistrates courts) are judges of the Crown court, as are magistrates sitting in the Crown court on appeal from magistrates courts.

Under section 9 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 the Lord Chief Justice can also ask Lords Justices, retired Lords Justices, and retired High Court judges to sit as judges of the Crown court. All judges of the Crown court have the full jurisdiction of the court. Judicial resources are allocated according to the number and types of cases to be heard. The number of judges attached to each court is not held centrally and could be obtained only by contacting each court. The total number of judges is shown in table B.

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Table A
Courthouse name Address

Aylesbury Crown Court

38 Market Square, Aylesbury, HP20 1XF

Barnstaple Crown and Magistrates Court

Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1DY

Barrow Crown, Magistrates and County Court

Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness , LA14 5QX

Basildon Combined Court

Regent House, Basildon, SS14 2EU

Birmingham Crown Court

QE2 Law Courts, Birmingham, B4 7NA

Blackfriars Crown Court

1 Pocock Street, London, SE1 0BT

Bolton Combined Court

The Law Courts, Bolton, BL1 1SU

Bournemouth Combined Court

Wessex Fields, Bournemouth, BH7 7DU

Bradford Combined Court

Drake Street, Bradford, BD1 1JA

Bristol Crown Court

Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DA

Burnley Combined Court

Hammerton Street, Burnley, BB11 1XE

Bury St. Edmunds Crown and Magistrates Court

Shirehall, Bury St. Edmunds, IP1 2DX

Caernarfon Crown Court

Castle Ditch Road, Caernarfon, LL55 2AY

Cambridge Criminal Justice Centre

84 East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1BY

Canterbury Combined Court

Chaucer Barracks, Canterbury, CT1 1ZA

Cardiff Crown Court

Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF1 3PG

Carlisle Combined Court

Earl Street, Carlisle, CA1 1DJ

Central Criminal Court

Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7EH

Chelmsford Crown Court

New Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1EL

Chester Crown Court

The Castle, Chester, CH1 2AN

Chichester Combined Court

41/42 Southgate, Chichester, PO19 1SX

Coventry Combined Court

140 Much Park Street, Coventry, CV1 2SN

Croydon Combined Court

Altyre Road, Croydon, CR9 5AB

Derby Combined Court

The Morledge, Derby, DEI 2XE

Dolgellau Magistrates and Crown Court

County Hall, Dolgellau, LL40 1AU

Doncaster Crown Court

Crown Court Offices, Doncaster, DN1 3HS

Durham Crown Court

Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HW

Exeter Combined Court Centre

Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX4 3TH

Gloucester Crown Court

Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TG

Great Grimsby Combined Court

Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HX

Guildford Crown Court

Bedford Road, Guildford, GUI 4ST

Harrow Crown Court

Hailsham Drive, Harrow, HA1 4TU

Haverfordwest Crown, Magistrates and County Court

Penffynnon, Haverfordwest, SA61 2AZ

Hereford Crown Court

Shire Hall, Hereford, HR1 2HW

Hove Trial Centre

The Court House, Hove, BN3 3BN

Hull Combined Court

Lowgate, Hull , HU1 2EZ

Inner London Sessions House (Swan Street)

Swan Street, London, SE1 1DF

Ipswich Criminal Justice Centre

Chancery Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DX

Isleworth Crown Court

36 Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, TW7 5LP

Kings Lynn Crown and Magistrates Court

1 St. Margarets Place, Kings Lynn, PE30 1PQ

Kingston Upon Thames Crown Court

6-8 Penryn Road, Kingston, KT1 2BB

Knutsford Crown Court

County Sessions House, Knutsford, WA16 0PB

Lancaster Crown Court

The Castle, Lancaster, LA1 1YJ

Leeds Combined Court

1 Oxford Row, Leeds, LSI 3BG

Leicester Crown Court

90 Wellington Street, Leicester, LEI 6HG

Lewes Combined Court

182 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1YB

Lincoln Crown Court

The Castle Courthouse, Lincoln, LN1 3DA

Liverpool Combined Court

QEII Law Courts, Liverpool, L2 1XA

Luton Crown Court

7/9 George Street, Luton, LU1 2AA

Maidstone Combined Court

Barker Road, Maidstone, ME16 8EQ

Manchester Crown and County Courts

Courts Of Justice, Manchester, M60 9DJ

Manchester Crown Court

Minshull Street, Manchester, Ml 3FS

Merthyr Tydfil Combined Court

Glebeland Place, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8BH

Mold Combined Court Centre

Shirehall, Mold, CH7 1AE

Newcastle Crown Court (Law Courts)

The Law Courts, Newcastle, NE1 3LA

Newport (IoW) Court Centre

Quay Street , Newport , PO30 5BB

Newport Crown Court

Faulkner Road, Newport, NP9 4PD

Northampton Combined Court

85-87 Ladys Lane, Northampton, NN1 3HQ

Norwich Combined Court

Bishopgate, Norwich, NR3 1UR

Nottingham Crown and County Court

60 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EJ

Oxford Combined Court Centre

62-74 St. Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1TL

Peterborough Combined Court

Rivergate, Peterborough, PE1 1EJ

Plymouth Combined Court

Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2ER

Portsmouth Combined Court

The Courts of Justice, Portsmouth, PO1 2DL

Preston Crown Court

Sessions House, Preston, PR1 2PD

Reading Crown Court

Old Shire Hall, Reading, RG1 3EH

Salisbury Combined Court

Alexandra House, Salisbury, SP1 2PJ

Sheffield Combined Court

The Law Courts, Sheffield, S3 8PH

Shrewsbury Crown Court

Shire Hall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6LU

Snaresbrook Crown Court

Hollybush Hill, London, E11 1QW

Southampton Combined Court

London Road, Southampton, SO9 5AF

Southend Magistrates Court

80 Victoria Avenue, Southend-On-Sea , SS2 6EG

Southwark Crown Court

1 English Grounds, London, SE1 2HU

St. Albans Crown Court

Bricket Road, St. Albans, AL1 3JY

Stafford Combined Court

Victoria Square, Stafford, ST16 2QQ

Stoke On Trent Combined Court

Bethesda Street, Stoke on Trent, ST1 3BP

Swansea Crown Court

The Guildhall, Swansea, SA1 4PE

Swindon Combined Court

Islington Road, Swindon, SN1 2HG

Taunton Combined Court

The Shire Hall, Taunton, TA1 4EN

Teesside Combined Court

Russell Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1AE

Truro Combined Court

Courts of Justice, Truro, TR1 2PB

Warrington Combined Court

Legh Street, Warrington, WA1 1UR

Warwick Combined Court

Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4SP

Welshpool Crown and County Court

Mansion House, Welshpool, SY21 7UX

Weymouth and Dorchester Combined Court

County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Winchester Combined Court

The Law Courts, Winchester, SO23 9EL

Wolverhampton Combined Court

Pipers Row, Wolverhampton, WV1 3LQ

Wood Green Crown Court

Woodhall House, London, N22 5LF

Woolwich Crown Court

2 Belmarsh Road, London, SE28 0EY

Worcester Combined Court

Shire Hall, Worcester, WR1 1TR

York Crown Court

The Castle, York, YO1 9WZ

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