Richard Monkhouse, chairman of the Magistrates' Association, said:
There is currently a two-month delay from the time an offender is charged by the police to the sentence being handed down in a magistrates' court, the think-tank Policy Exchange said.
Max Chambers, head of crime and justice at Policy Exchange, and author of the report, said:
Magistrates should dispense on-the-spot justice inside police stations at peak times, a centre-right think-tank has proposed.
As part of a radical set of recommendations to speed up the criminal justice system and help deliver planned budget cuts of nearly 40%, the Policy Exchange has argued in favour of recruiting 10,000 new magistrates, boosting overall numbers to 33,000.
New magistrates could sit in police stations - including during evenings and weekends - and other community buildings and would oversee out-of-court disposals, which Policy Exchange says accounts for 20% of all criminal cases.
Former drug addicts should be appointed lay magistrates to deal with related crimes, a think tank has said.
Policy Exchange said specialist "problem solving courts" should be expanded to include those dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health, and restrictions on ex-offenders should be modified to allow former addicts to become "respected role models".
It also called for magistrates to be forced to step down after ten years in a bid to reduce the average age of a group which remained "overwhelmingly white, middle class and old".
Tax breaks on childcare used by working parents are already "focused" on lower income families and "will save" parents with two small children "up to £2,400 per year".
The spokeswoman was responding to proposals put forward by Policy Exchange, who recommended the scheme should be cut for parents bringing in £150,000 each.
According to Policy Exchange, lowering the tax threshold for the childcare vouchers scheme from parents earning £150,000 each would save the Treasury:
- Reducing the threshold to £100,000 would save £52 million.
- Lowering it to £75,000 will save £145 million.
- £60,000 would save £38 million.
- Under the lowest threshold, families with two parents working, with a joint income of £120,000 would be eligible under the think tank's recommendation.
- Children's centres, local councils and other groups could bid for funding to use to raise the quality of childcare in poorer neighbourhoods.
Millions could be saved if tax-free childcare for the wealthy was cut and could be spent on looking after the poorest children, according to a new report.
Up to £238 million could be save if only families with parents earning £60,000 or less had access to the Government's new childcare vouchers scheme, Policy Exchange has found.
A new report published by the conservative think tank recommended lowering the £150,000 wage cap and using the money saved to raise the quality of childcare for pre-schoolers from deprived backgrounds.
Study author Harriet Waldegrave said: "We should be concerned about children...who are falling behind at a young age...But if we are going to maximise the chances of Children's Centres breaking the cycle, the limited funds we have...need to be focused on children in the most deprived areas."