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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
You may be there all day
You need to arrive by the time stated in your notice letter.
The time given in your letter is when the day’s cases start. Your case might not be first so be prepared to wait.
Make any arrangements you need to, for example childcare or taking time off work.

The above "advice" is at the beginning of a document published on 7th February: "Guidance What to expect coming to a court or tribunal".  In other more honest language it might have read, "The courts are so overcrowded owing to the government`s knowingly closing half the country`s magistrates courts, many crown courts and not providing sufficient funds for judges to sit at all the remaining crown courts where facilities are available".

What a state of affairs; it is even worse than the atrocious conditions at many of our hospitals where emergency and accident departments are simply overwhelmed.  At least those who have the foresight and/or means to have private medical insurance can avoid some of the delays in the NHS but nobody can buy his/her...

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Ambulance: A Ravine in Winter

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

There is a picture in the Hartford Courant of Mark Jenkins talking with police officers looking as forlorn as I have ever seen him.  They stand next to yellow tape sectioning off an area of woods just off Park Terrace where down a small ravine a man has been found dead. The paper describes the crime scene as a homeless encampment but it is little more than a small clearing with a dirty mattress, a blanket over some branches as a tarpaulin and a hollowed out log.   Mark is the leader of the Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition. A former user, who went to rehab himself seventeen times, with the help of friends he found his way, and now has dedicated his life to harm reduction, which he describes as set of principles that recognizes the humanity of users and works to get them help or keep them safe until they are at a place in their lives where they are ready to stop using.

Harm Reduction

A couple months back, I got dispatched to this same place for an overdose.  Mark and two members of his organization, Jose and Bryan, were already...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

ASSAULT:- hit, strike, smack, slap

ASSAULT:- a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition. Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another with or without battery as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.

A person is guilty of common ASSAULT if they either inflict violence on another person – however slight this might be – or make that person think they are about to be attacked.  If violence is used in a common assault, it is called a “battery” and the perpetrator would be charged with “assault by beating”

ASSAULT on a police constable in execution of his duty: Police Act 1996, s.89 

For as long as I`ve been involved in legal matters I`ve lost count of the number of occasions when representatives of the police have complained that magistrates courts when dealing with offenders convicted of assaulting one of their profession are too lenient in their disposal.  In truth I have some sympathy with that opinion but only at...

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Police: Crossing the Line

Written by RSS Poster policecommander

Today was one of those unexpected days.

I found myself on stage at the Cambridge Theatre – home of Matilda The Musical – talking to an audience of a thousand people about my new book. There were a number of writers there – including Sarfraz Manzoor, Rachel Clarke, Matthew Syed and Jess Phillips – and we were each given five minutes to say a few words.

This was my script…


I’m a husband to one, a dad to three and – for more than twenty-five years – I served in the Metropolitan Police. It was my duty and my joy. 

When you strip away all that really isn’t important, the job of a police officer is just about as extraordinary as a job could ever be. It is:

  • To save lives
  • To find the lost
  • To bind up the broken-boned and broken-hearted
  • To step into harm’s way in defence of complete strangers
  • Sometimes, to risk it all

If you were to ask most coppers why they joined, they would tell you, simply, that they wanted to make a difference… that they wanted to change the world.

The painful privilege of policing is to see all of life...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
If there`s one form of decision that got and still gets my magisterial goat it is the apparent ease with which a 12 pointer convicted "totter" can get away with a spurious exceptional hardship argument and avoid a driving ban. Smooth talking lawyers are the courts` equivalent of 1970`s  door to door double glazing salesmen flogging their wares to receptive magistrates who are often thinking "there but for the grace of god go I".  It is a national scandal. I have posted on this topic so often I won`t list the previous but for those interested just type exceptional hardship into the search box. And  to complete the picture read of a single session at Ipswich Magistrates Court last week. 

Fire: Be flipping careful this Pancake Day

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Be flipping careful this Pancake Day

Ambulance: 25 Years

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

I hit my twenty-fifth anniversary at work last month. Twenty-five years full time as a paramedic. I am sixty-one years old now and feeling the wear and tear, particularly in these last two years. I don’t sleep well at night. My hearing is shot. I need a stronger prescription for my reading glasses (which I also use for intubating and IVs). Last summer I suffered my first worker’s injury to my back that has left me with a lingering weakness in my legs.  Fortunately  it is not bad enough that I can’t work, but it is bothersome nonetheless. I still carry all my gear up five flights of stairs. I don’t get to the top as quick as I used to and I am sure to use the railing on my way back down. I was sick for over a month this winter. I had the really bad cough that everyone seems to have. I worked through the first three weeks because that’s what we do in EMS, coughing up green phlegm and downing decongestants. My energy level just wasn’t there. I finally said, enough is enough. I’m not coming back until I am well. I laid in bed for...

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Police: Taking stock and looking forward

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

This week some of you will have seen the Police and Crime Commissioner has extended my fixed term appointment until January 2023. Chiefs are appointed on five year initial terms and an extension can be granted for a maximum period of three years.

I am pleased to be staying on with you in our amazing force for longer and supporting a new Police and Crime Commissioner. It is an exciting time with City of Culture and Commonwealth Games and I want to ensure both are a success and we use the new technology and people we have arriving to make an even bigger impact on crime.

For now we are already busy completing WMP 2020 and concentrating on cutting crime.

Firstly, on WMP 2020. We have agreed as an Executive Team to implement ControlWorks as the new Command and Control system on the 26th February. This is a huge moment as we have had Oasis for 25 years and there is a huge exercise in transferring markers and plugging in new systems to this kit.

This is not a change without demands, risk and stress. I am encouraged as I go...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The beginning of a year is often the time to look back over the previous twelve months in whatever capacity takes one`s interest: in my case the numbers of magistrates thrown out of office and publicly humiliated by their names and the reasons behind their ignominy being published by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office. 

The magistrates bench of England and Wales (my collective description) has halved in the last decade. There are currently around fifteen thousand. Generally it is a well behaved bunch as would be expected but with any group there are always exceptions who disregard the onerous requirements of their position even within their personal lives which seem not to impinge upon their judicial duties.  One of the most important aspects of the interview with aspiring appointees is to ensure that they understand the time requirement they must undertake in order to learn and constantly update their skills for the task. With the current shortage of personnel the adverts being published up and down...

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Fire: Rescued family join emergency services to offer safety advice following rise in Crosby mud rescues

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Rescued family join emergency services to offer safety advice this half term following rise in mud rescues off Crosby

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