Consultation outcome

Proposed merger of the local justice areas in Northumbria

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Consultation response

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Detail of outcome

This consultation on the merger of the merger of the local justice areas in Northumbria invited comments on 3 options, namely:

  • creation of 1 local justice area

  • creation of 2 local justice areas

  • retention of the existing 7 local justice areas

Additionally, views were sought on other alternative options.

This report summarises the responses, and the recommendation of the Judicial Business Group with regard to the preferred option.

Original consultation


A consultation on whether there should be a merger of the 7 local justice areas in Northumbria.

This consultation was held on another website.

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Consultation description

This consultation is issued on behalf of the Northumbria Judicial Business Group (JBG), which comprises members of the judiciary and HM Courts and Tribunal Service managers. The JBG manages the judicial business of magistrates’ courts within Northumbria.

There are currently 7 local justice areas in Northumbria. The JBG is seeking views on whether there should be a merger of these local justice areas.

This consultation is intended to inform the recommendations that the JBG might make and to discharge the Lord Chancellor’s duty to consult.

Published 20 October 2014
Last updated 16 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. Consultation response published.
  2. First published.