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Number of writs issued in 1997 falls

The number of writs and summonses issued in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division fell by 15 per cent in 1997, according to the Judicial Statistics Annual Report released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week. The average waiting time from issue of writ to start of trial fell by one week to 178 week.

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