Apparently there is only one county “court,” in that the county court throughout all of England if not also Wales is really just one big court that sits in various different locations throughout the country.
But apparently certain decisions in county court in one of the London region’s locations will bind other county court decisions within the London area. What principle makes this so? And what level of judge must the decision be from in order to bind future county court decisions? (Deputy district, district, or circuit?)
Are there similar groupings around the rest of the country? Does central London county court location have any type of special status within the London area?
Is there such a thing as “circuits” of the court as there apparently are in the USA and as circuit judges are apparently named according to?
Otherwise short of binding precedent power, can county court decisions be persuasive on other county court decisions? And what criteria must a decision meet in order to be so “persuasive”?
What is the hierarchy or “food web” / organisational chart of influence between the different sections/regions/levels of the national “county court”?