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Police: HOLIDAY TIME

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
A certain D. Trump persuaded me that rather than taking a trip on a Mississippi river boat my holiday spending power would be more welcome at points in an easterly direction.  The desert awaits so all being well this page will be updated in a couple of weeks.


Police: REHAB OR PRISON?

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Many times here I have castigated the refusal of our overlords to consider compulsory rehab for addicts so that the court system is finally avoided for those 70% who are repeatedly offending in order to finance their habit be it narcotics or alcohol or both.However I doubt we`ll see that initiative for many a long decade. A perfect example was in front of Kirklees Magistrates this week. Whilst he is deserving of pity the public must be protected.  I cannot believe that the costs of re hab would exceed the costs of prison including a reduction in future offending and all that that would save.  Indeed with new prisons on the horizon existing establishments could be converted to such hostels and these being mainly in cities family ties would have a real possibility of being restored between addict and parents/partners/children.


Police: ARE IDENTITY CARDS DEAD AND BURIED?

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Almost seven years ago after Labour was thrown out of government the decision to impose identity cards for all was rescinded by Mrs T. May the new Home Secretary. Libertarians and perhaps many others not so single minded about retaining their privacy in an increasingly big brother state were extremely pleased at that announcement. Identity Cards for all, a policy so fervently espoused by successive Labour Home Secretaries, are now history or so we hope but the problem of privacy for the citizen didn`t begin in this century.




In late December 2008 I was sitting on a case where a driver had...

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Police: BE A J.P. IN WIGAN

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
There is a shortage of magistrates in Wigan.  The local paper has published the following statement from Liz Truss to encourage applicants.  I wonder how much is still applicable to today`s situation. 



The Lord Chancellor Liz Truss said: “The involvement of lay people - recruited from a cross-section of our society - is a central principle in the administration of justice. It helps safeguard our citizens, with crucial decisions affecting an individual’s liberty being decided not by officials of the state - but by an independent bench of trained magistrates drawn from the local community. Our...

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Police: BEFORE OUR VERY EYES

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Yesterday I posted on the apparent lack of local knowledge shown by the Appeal Court in a case of dangerous driving. Today in the Telegraph the opposite appears to be the case with a crown court judge who has placed a spurious exaggerated defence of a twice convicted drunk driver ahead of the public interest.  Such cases happen daily but only a few can be reported to a wider audience.  Of course the results of all criminal cases are available in a statistical form.  This allows the general nature of our courts system to be commented upon but it bears no reality for those involved either practically or intellectually. 

In magistrates` courts arguments, as in today`s case, are often based upon exceptional circumstances in an attempt for totters to retain their driving licenses with 12 penalty points or more  having accrued.  Generally the arguments are similar to those in this much more serious example.  Perhaps there are judges who really are detached from the public perception of their decisions.  Perhaps judges should not allow public...

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Police: EX CHAIRMAN OF BRADFORD BENCH CASTIGATES APPEAL COURT

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Lesson one for new magistrates:- do not talk to the media.  It`s that simple. Of course there are so called rules which define the limits of expressing opinions to same but those who`ve been around for a while understand that unless you were in Kingston or Barry or similar situations and your court was being closed and you vented a portion of your spleen to the local journal the chances were that you would be brought before the headmaster and duly chastised.  So often it is the retired J.P. who makes known his/her opinion on a legal topic in the press, TV or social media. Thus it is that the former Chairman of the Bench in Bradford has castigated the Appeal Court for second guessing an original sentence passed by  HHJ Roger Thomas QC the Honorary Recorder of Bradford.The offender`s sentence was reduced from 6 months to 4 months custody.

Ms Carroll is a wise and experienced individual.  There are many more of her ilk active and retired.  More of them should speak up when the situation demands.  Justices of...

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Police: A LORD CHANCELLOR AND A JUSTICE SECRETARY

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One sure result of the election will surely be the appointment of a new Secretary of State for Justice.  Perhaps in view of recent controversy a separate position of Lord Chancellor will be re - established.


Police: ACCEPTABLE COMMENTS IN 1957

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This report of a case at a magistrates` court in 1957 quotes the words of the presiding magistrate or "stipe"...we don`t know which.  I wonder whether such comments would pass today without reprimand from those in authority. 


Police: CBOs TAKE THE BISCUIT

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For the most part, criminal behaviour orders are just another way of avoiding the reality that some offenders who are not being put away should be put away.  When every trick and turn considered to be acceptable to a sceptical public has been exhausted the bright young things at the MOJ offer ever more suggestions on how to run a service to protect that public and simultaneously reduce its reliance on incarceration whilst upping custodial limits in  Sentencing Guidelines.  Seems to me that having a custodial cake whilst eating it  hasn`t succeeded in the past and won`t succeed now.  To expand the metaphor this example takes the biscuit.


Police: ONE RULE FOR THEM AND ANOTHER FOR US

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Prior to the final decision on which magistrates` courts were to be closed many Bench chairmen made themselves available to the media to argue their case for their court to be excused execution. Whether or not their efforts were against the spirit of the rules on media guidance is not for me to say but lest there be any doubt, up to date guidance is that  magistrates who are considering writing to a newspaper might "wish...

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