Edward Garnier (Solicitor General) replies “the courts will be manned by all appropriate judges. At the Crown court, clearly there will be Crown court judges; in magistrates courts, district judges will be deployed and, where appropriate, justices of the peace will sit in banks of three.”
In otherwords, District judges who sit alone and are paid by the Government will hear the majority of all cases. What happened to the right to be tried by our peers (lay Magistrates sitting in three)?
It is also interesting to note that the Solicitor General did not dispute the abandonment of the lay magistrates!!
Citation: HC Deb, 10 July 2012, c164