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Localjustice

Justices of the Peace have been a focus of local justice for many centuries

Assizes

People convicted of more serious crimes were put on trial at the local assize courts

Highercourts

The higher courts based at Westminster Hall were concerned with complex non-criminal cases

Moderncourtsystem

During the later 20th century the judicial system underwent a further instalment of radical change

Judicialreform

During the mid-19th century a series of major reforms were undertaken in the lower courts

Jps

Important changes were made to the administration of magistrates€™ courts during the mid 20th century

Communities

A new type of local court dealing with civil matters was developed through legislation from the mid-18th century

Judicatureacts

By the 1870s much pressure for the reform of the higher courts was coming from business and industry

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Courts

Current parliamentary business on the topic of courts

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