In brief: Magistrates' Courts Committees

Magistrates' Courts Committees (MCCs) of Avon and Somerset are being merged into a single MCC, the Lord Chancellor's Department has announced. Administrative and financial structures for the courts will merge on 1 April, 2000. Lord Irvine, the Lord Chancellor, wants to see the number of MCCs falling “substantially” as part of the drive by the Government to improve efficiency and reduce delays.