Half of magistrates courts in England and Wales closed since 2010 – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2019 in budgets, computer programs, courts, magistrates, news, statistics by sally

‘More than half of all magistrates courts in England and Wales have closed since 2010, forcing defendants, witnesses, police, lawyers and justices of the peace to travel sometimes more than 50 miles to access local justice.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2019

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Case of ex-magistrate challenging top judges moves forward – Family Law

Posted December 6th, 2018 in adoption, employment tribunals, magistrates, news, victimisation by sally

‘Former magistrate Richard Page has been granted permission to take his case against the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Page is accusing the most senior judges in England and Wales of victimising him for his view that children do best when raised by both a mother and a father.’

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Family Law, 5th December 2018

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Short Cuts – London Review of Books

Posted October 18th, 2018 in appeals, budgets, criminal justice, legal aid, magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

‘If you want to appeal against a guilty verdict given by a crown court jury you first have to seek permission from the Court of Appeal. For permission to be granted, a judge has to be satisfied there is an ‘arguable case’ that the conviction was ‘unsafe’. If so, the appeal is heard in full by a panel of three judges. The latest figures show that in 2016-17 the court received 1305 applications for permission to appeal, and dealt with 850, refusing permission to 695 (82 per cent). It heard 215 appeals, and allowed 78 – 36 per cent of those heard.’

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London Review of Books, 11th October 2018

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Cab drivers to challenge decision to grant Uber 15-month licence in London – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 28th, 2018 in bias, judges, licensing, London, magistrates, news, taxis by tracey

‘London cab drivers have applied for judicial review against Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a dispute over whether a judge’s decision to grant a licence to the taxi app firm Uber was tainted with bias.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

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Authority urges Justice Minister to reverse Magistrate’s Court re-organisation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 4th, 2018 in courts, local government, magistrates, news by sally

‘A second council has objected to the Ministry of Justice’s changes to court locations in the West Midlands.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th August 2018

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Defendants ‘gaming system’ to get domestic violence cases dropped – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2018 in domestic violence, intimidation, magistrates, news, reports by sally

‘Defendants are “gaming the system” in specialist domestic violence courts by intimidating partners into not appearing in the expectation that magistrates will drop charges, a critical report has said.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2018

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Public Order Offences Consultation – Sentencing Council

Posted May 31st, 2018 in consultations, Crown Court, magistrates, news, public order, sentencing by sally

‘The Sentencing Council has produced this consultation paper in order to seek views from as many people as possible interested in the sentencing of Public Order Act offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 9th May 2018

Source: consult.justice.gov.uk

Allocation: Assessment of guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted March 8th, 2018 in courts, Crown Court, magistrates, news, sentencing, trials by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published its assessment of the impact of its Allocation Guideline, under its statutory duty to monitor the operation and effect of its sentencing guidelines and to draw conclusions from this information.’

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Sentencing Council, 6th March 2018

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New judgment: R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice [2018] UKSC 2 – UKSC Blog

Posted January 30th, 2018 in confiscation, interest, magistrates, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The issue in the appeal is whether interest is included in the starting point under the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980, s 79(2) for the giving of proportionate credit for part payment of a confiscation order.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th January 2018

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Defendant nationality declarations ‘offensive’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 17th, 2017 in bias, citizenship, immigration, magistrates, news by tracey

‘Making defendants in criminal proceedings declare their nationality is “offensive and objectionable”, the former president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th November 2017

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Defendants must reveal nationality in magistrates courts – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2017 in bias, citizenship, immigration, magistrates, news by tracey

‘Defendants will have to disclose their nationality at their first appearance before magistrates in England and Wales from next week under powers that human rights groups say will undermine the right to a fair trial.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2017

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Song labelling gay couple ‘fairy’ and ‘fag’ is not homophobic, court rules – The Independent

‘A song labelling gay men as “fairies” and “fags” is not homophobic, a court has ruled.’

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The Independent, 12th September 2017

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Increase in female magistrates could mask decline in diversity – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2017 in diversity, magistrates, news, statistics, women by sally

‘A majority of magistrates are women but the sustained increase in their numbers may be concealing a reduction of social diversity on the bench, the national chair of the Magistrates Association has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2017

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Call for rethink on judges expressing opinions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2017 in criminal justice, judges, judiciary, magistrates, news, reports by sally

‘A former Court of Appeal judge has stoked the debate about judicial independence by suggesting that rules preventing judges from speaking about their role fuel media and public distrust of the criminal justice system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th July 2017

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Christian magistrate in gay adoption row set for legal battle with 0NHS bosses – Daily Telegraph

‘A Christian magistrate who lost his job and then his role as an NHS director for speaking out against adoption by same-sex parents will this week sue NHS bosses claiming political correctness can prevent Christians holding public posts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2017

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Why we need more black and minority ethnic magistrates – The Guardian

‘Jacqueline Macdonald-Davis and Jessica Baldwin are spearheading a campaign to court greater diversity among volunteers to the bench.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2017

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Confiscation proceedings halted over “fatal error” in indication of guilty pleas – Local Government Lawyer

‘A council’s bid to obtain a confiscation order over planning enforcement breaches has been halted after a ruling that the indication of pleas of guilty on the two defendants’ behalf and in their presence by counsel appearing for them in the magistrates’ court was an incurable error.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2017

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Mother and daughter in terror plot case ordered to lift veils by magistrate who demands to see their eyes – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2017 in conspiracy, court dress, Islam, magistrates, news, terrorism by sally

‘A woman and her daughter charged in connection with what is thought to be Britain’s first all-female alleged terror plot were told to lift their veils in court by a magistrate who asked to see their eyes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2017

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Tougher speeding penalties for UK drivers welcomed by motoring groups – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2017 in fines, magistrates, news, penalties, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘The introduction of tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences has been welcomed by motoring groups.
Drivers caught at speeds excessively above legal limits face higher penalties in England and Wales from Monday.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2017

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Cosmetic practice owner who crashed her car while drunk spared ban after claiming she accidentally drank vodka and orange for breakfast – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in alcohol abuse, magistrates, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘A cosmetic practice owner who crashed her car while drunk has been spared a driving ban after claiming she accidentally drank her son’s vodka and orange for breakfast.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk