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a local court in England and Wales, presided over by a circuit judge. They hear major civil cases, fast-track cases and handle bankruptcy and the winding-up of companies. Divorce and family cases are handled there.
V, [section]5, gives the legislature the "exclusive authority to provide for the manner of appeals from the county court to the circuit court." (5) Article V, [section]5(b), provides that the "circuit courts shall have original jurisdiction not vested in the county courts, and jurisdiction of appeals when provided by general law." (6) The same section also provides that circuit courts shall have the power to issue writs of mandamus, quo warranto, certiorari, prohibition, habeas corpus, and "all writs necessary or proper to complete exercise of their jurisdiction." (7)
The judge was asked if the court system had any opinion about raising the jurisdictional amount for the county courts. He replied: "We recognize that's strictly within the purview of the Legislature to make that change and we have no position."
HM Courts and Tribunals Service said last year that Halifax (Calderdale) Magistrates' and Family Court in Harrison Road and Halifax County Court and Family Centre in Prescott Street - both grade II listed buildings - were outdated and no longer fit for purpose.
After a lengthy public consultation over which courts should go, Ministers have decided only two Welsh courts on the threatened list would survive - Abergavenny Magistrates' Court and the County Court in Llangefni.