A great debate is taking place in the USA over the separation of powers; a theme throughout the constitution which is the basis of that country`s democracy and a matter of concern with the current POTUS tending to disparage Congress and Justice Dept. We have no written constitution as many puffed up parliamentary representatives are not tired of explaining. This is all very well except that there is no defined path for true democrats to follow when the system seems to be near breaking point. Those same representatives make it up as they go along; hence the debacle of the Brexit Shambles. Nearer to home and as a topic for a blog which usually focuses on matters legal, paedophilia and its perpetrators are rarely out of the headlines. We have come a very long way in the last twenty years in recognising this heinous lifestyle whether initiated by genetic or environmental disorders as a scourge in our society. As in all criminal matters the police must investigate, the CPS must charge, the court must deliver verdict and...
Tynemouth Community Fire Station is having an open day from 11am until 3pm on Saturday 11 August. There will be firefighting demonstrations, stalls and lots of other fun activities. So come along and see what your Fire Service has to offer! Tynemouth Community Fire Station Preston North Road North Shields
"Sentencing Collins to eight weeks in custody, bench chairman Graham Commons said that he felt there was a gap in the criminal system to deal with people like him. He told him: “We don’t normally get customers as cooperative as you, so thank you for being cooperative.
“All I can say is when you’re in custody please try and get the help that you’re asking for.” The above is copied from the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. The sentiments of the bench chairman are exactly in line with my thoughts formed many years ago on drug addiction. I have commented similarly many times here but rarely has the current situation been more clearly expressed and reported within a magistrates court. Only by the combined efforts of a courageous Home Secretary, a Justice Secretary who actually has balls and a Health Secretary with no leadership ambitions defying his civil servants and perhaps his boss will anything like the correction action be taken. Needless to tell, the current destructive process for addicts going through the justice system will continue indefinitely.
On August 3rd 2018, Kaylsey Smithen was convicted of the manslaughter of his 46yr old mother, Janice, which took place in Birmingham more than six years earlier. This short post is a little bit of speculation on my part, based only on media reports of the legal process, but which seeks to outline why such a delay can occur and challenge again assumptions that professionals might make about serious mental illness being a barrier to criminal prosecution.
You may remember this case if you follow me on Twitter: at the start of 2018, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust apologised to Mrs Smithen’s family for the standard of care he received prior to her killing. There was some debate arising from the Safeguarding Adults Review about whether the police should have been called to a Mental Health Act assessment and / or whether the police were at fault.
Following his arrest for murder in 2012, shortly after his mother’s body was discovered by the police, he was detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA), having been...
The recent conclusion of an inquest in to the death in 2016 of Mr Luke Leggatt in Canterbury has given rise to a social media debate amongst police officers about the East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s reaction to Coroner’s process. Mr Leggatt had been taken to the hospital by his brother after taking cocaine and having resisted assessment or any treatment for this, had left the hospital. The police were not called when he walked out and he tragically died of a heart attack, caused by a fatal level of cocaine toxicity. Faced with an obvious degree of criticism, the East Kent Hospitals spokesperson announced that they have changed their policy on patients who walk out of A&E to make sure that every such patient is subject to a ‘safeguarding call’ to the police irrespective of any assessment of ongoing risk to that person.
Job done – over to the police. Settles everything, doesn’t it? I have at least few dozen questions and observations about this, not least because of how it appears to have been...
More than a decade ago national sentencing guidelines were introduced to avoid or minimise sentencing by postcode. This innovation in hindsight can be marked as the beginning of the end of what had euphemistically been termed "local justice". We have come a long way since then. Magistrates are now accorded the privilege? of being qualified to sit in any local justice area in England and Wales when previously they were limited to their "home" court. Whether one agrees or not this is the situation. A lawyer addressing magistrates in Boston Magistrates Court pleaded for his drink driving client to have a reduced ban cf similar miscreant in London who could avail himself of the myriad transport choices in that city cf rural Lincolnshire. I must admit that that is the first time I have heard of mitigation along these lines. Imagine if courts could act retrospectively if the mood chose them. There could be special reasons based on the supposed historic inbreeding in East Anglia, they...
We all know it. The Police Service is changing. I won’t bore you by repeating the various crises that Policing faces, but what do these changes LOOK LIKE? I thought I might highlight a few areas that some Academics may not choose to, so I got my crayons out again.
Over many years, even before Cruella’s Crusade began, the Police Forces of England and Wales were tackling the issue of diversity within their ranks, and, long term, this is how they have done.
The graph goes relentlessly upwards, showing, I feel, that t he Police Service ARE trying to improve their BAME representation. However, I am far from confident that the soon-to-be-implimented policy of recruitment being either 100% Graduate or Degree Apprenticeship will improve this. Universities are already declaring that BAME students are falling short of appropriate representation and I do not see how this can help a 100% Degee recruitment process to increase BAME ratios within the service.