Ministry of Justice 18th March 2010.
The Institute of Legal Executives is consulting about the possibility of extending the rights of audience of "associate prosecutors" in magistrates' courts (including youth courts) so that they can prosecute in ALL cases heard summarily. The Law Society Gazette (18th March) is highly critical of this move - see here. "Associate Prosecutors" are not qualified as barristers or solicitors but they are regulated by ILEX. They already undertake certain work in magistrates' courts on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service - see here.
Addendum: 23rd March - The Ministry of Justice announced huge financial savings - see here. The remaining 19 Courts Boards will be abolished. Her Majesty's Court Service and the Tribunals Service will be merged. I suspect that the process of closing smaller magistrates' courts will be likely to continue.