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Criminal courts charge 'should be scrapped'

A fine of up to £1,200 given out to defendants who plead or are found guilty should be scrapped, according to a group of MPs.

The Justice Committee says the charge has led to some magistrates resigning.

Introduced in April, it was designed to help meet the cost of running courts,

Clive Coleman reports.

  • 20 Nov 2015