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Magistrates 'should be in police stations'

Magistrates should dispense on-the-spot justice inside police stations at peak times, the centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange has proposed. "Police Courts would mean much swifter justice for low-level crime," the report's author said.

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Magistrates 'should work from police stations'

Policy Exchange advises having magistrates based in police stations. Credit: PA

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.

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