Do not widen out-of-court penalties, magistrates tell Jack Straw – The Times

Posted May 5th, 2009 in fines, news by sally

“Magistrates want ministers to halt the widening of on-the-spot fines for offenders, warning that serious crimes are not reaching the courts. They have told Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, that the use of the fines in cases involving assault is undermining confidence in the justice system.”

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The Times, 5th May 2009