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The system of dividing England and Wales into regional circuits for the purpose of court administration. It is based upon the traditional regional groupings adopted by the Bar and consists of the South-Eastern, Western, Midland and Oxford, Wales and Chester, Northern, and North-Eastern circuits. Each circuit is administered by a circuit administrator and supervised by two presiding judges. See also circuit judge.

The term circuits also refers to representative and professional bodies of barristers who (usually) practice in the respective geographical locales. Their role is to advance the interests of their members.

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