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Rewriting the rules

It’s time we accept the court closures and put our minds to getting the reshuffle right, new president DJ Paul Mildred tells Jean-Yves Gilg

28 March 2011

With court closures, budget cuts and legal aid reforms, this year will see profound changes to the delivery of justice in Britain. District judges, as the face of local justice, will be at the frontline of change and their challenge will be to find new solutions to deal with the growing number of applicants queuing outside their courts.

The man to help them negotiate this sticky situation is Paul Mildred, district judge at Bournemouth County Court, regular Solicitors Journal contributor and newly elected president of the Association of District Judges.

Although most could see it coming, the government’s decision to shortlist 142 local courts for the cull nonetheless left the association shocked, with 49 of the 54 county courts on the list now facing the chop.

Like most, Paul Mildred agrees with the proposition that public money has to be used more sparingly. The disappointment came from the fact that the association had put forward “a strong case”, h...

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