England: Courts may be privatised to save Ministry of Justice £1bn

[telegraph / 28.05.2013] The plans would free the courts from Treasure control, placing court buildings and thousands of staff in the hands of private companies.
The system would be funded by extracting larger fees from wealthy litigants and private sector investment, and by encouraging hedge funds to invest by an attractive rate of return, according to The Times
Mr Grayling, who is thought to be in strongly in favour of the reforms, will be presented with a paper outlining the options within two weeks, and the changes could begin this autumn.
The changes range from transferring the running and maintenance of court buildings to a private company to more radical proposals such as transferring the 20,000 courts staff into the private sector.

Judges and magistrates would not be affected by the plans.

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