Magistrate resigns over homosexual comments – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2009 in disciplinary procedures, homosexuality, magistrates, news by sally

“A magistrate has resigned after making derogatory comments about homosexuals in a BBC television documentary.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th April 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Courts are racist, says black magistrate – The Times

Posted April 9th, 2009 in magistrates, news, race discrimination by sally

“A black magistrate claimed yesterday that a culture of courtroom racism routinely saw innocent ethnic minority defendants found guilty before being handed the harshest possible jail sentence.”

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The Times, 9th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Magistrate ‘fell asleep’ during trial – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2009 in magistrates, news by sally

“A magistrate, John Harrison, is under investigation after reportedly falling asleep during a teenager’s trial for an alleged assault.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2009

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R (Longato) v Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

Posted March 24th, 2009 in ASBOs, law reports, magistrates by sally

R (Longato) v Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court [2009] WLR (D) 104

The statutory procedure for an application to extend a closure order, set out in s 5(3) of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, which provided that within a reasonable time before the hearing of an application a summons might be issued by a justice of the peace to the former occupier of the premises, did not oust or modify the general procedural requirements of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 or r 99 of the Magistrates’ Courts Rules 1981; if the court failed to issue and serve the summons in the manner prescribed, its ability to hear the complaint was fettered.”

WLR Daily, 23rd March 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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More power for JPs raises fear of prison overcrowding crisis – The Times

Posted March 20th, 2009 in magistrates, news, prisons by sally

“Longer prison sentences for assault, theft and benefit fraud are likely under plans to overhaul the courts system. But the proposed stronger powers for magistrates could bring the country’s overcrowded prisons to breaking point, campaign groups say.”

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The Times, 20th March 2009

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R (Perinpanathan) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

Posted March 13th, 2009 in costs, forfeiture, law reports, magistrates by sally

R (Perinpanathan) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court; [2009] WLR (D) 92

In exercising its power under s 64(1) Magistrates’ Court Act 1980 to make ‘such order as to costs … as it thinks just and reasonable’ a magistrates’ court was entitled, when dismissing forfeiture proceedings, to take into account its view that the application had reasonably been made.”

WLR Daily, 12th March 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Beyond reasonable doubt – BBC News

Posted March 11th, 2009 in magistrates, news, standard of proof by sally

“Magistrates dealing with criminal offences are ‘case-hardened’ and may not properly apply the correct standard of proof, a prominent barrister claims.”

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BBC News, 10th March 2009

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Suspended magistrate is reinstated as review finds dismissal was ‘disproportionate’ – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2009 in dismissal, magistrates, news by sally

“A magistrate who was suspended for criticising the police is to be reinstated after an independent review decided a recommendation to dismiss her was ‘disproportionate’ and the hearing that led to it was flawed and unfair, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 16th February 2009

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JPs win first round in battle over extention of on-the-spot fines – The Times

Posted February 5th, 2009 in fines, magistrates, news by sally

“Magistrates have won a first-round battle over the growing use of on-the-spot fines, which they warn, are undermining public confidence in the justice system.”

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The Times, 5th February 2009

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Practice Direction: Applications in the magistrates’ court to enforce contact orders – WLR Daily

Posted November 10th, 2008 in contact orders, enforcement, family courts, magistrates, practice directions by sally

Practice Direction: Applications in the magistrates’ court to enforce contact orders; [2008] WLR (D) 345

Applications to enforce contact orders made in the magistrates’ courts are to be considered by family proceedings courts.”

WLR Daily, 7th November 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council v Food City Express Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted October 14th, 2008 in law reports, licensing, magistrates by sally

Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council v Food City Express Ltd; [2008] WLR (D) 314

“On an appeal against a decision of a licensing authority on a point of procedure a magistrates’ court may not displace a lawful decision and remit the case on the basis that the authority’s discretion should have been exercised differently.”

WLR Daily, 13th October 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Magistrate claims race discrimination against Ministry of Justice – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 7th, 2008 in magistrates, news, race discrimination by sally

“A black magistrate claims she suffered a nine-year campaign of discrimination by senior court officials and was unfairly denied promotion due to her colour.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2008

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Police cautions and on-the-spot fines leave magistrates with nothing to do – The Times

Posted August 28th, 2008 in fines, magistrates, news by sally

“Adult and youth courts in the Midlands are being cancelled because more offenders are being given on-the-spot fines, according to a letter leaked to The Times.”

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The Times, 28th August 2008

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Magistrate loses bid to sue daughter-in-law for libel over assault claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 15th, 2008 in defamation, magistrates, news by sally

“A magistrate who tried to sue his former daughter-in-law for defamation claiming she had ‘maliciously’ accused him of assault has lost his case. ”

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Daily Telgraph, 15th July 2008

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Magistrates should be banned from handing out custodial sentences – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2008 in magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“Magistrates should be banned from handing out custodial sentences to help ease overcrowding in prisons, an influential report says.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2008

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Views sought on magistrates’ courts and youth court trial rules – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 2nd, 2008 in consultations, criminal procedure, magistrates, youth courts by sally

“The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee is seeking views on a proposal to consolidate and revise the rules about trials in magistrates’ courts.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2008

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Straw sacks magistrate who criticised police – The Independent

Posted June 9th, 2008 in magistrates, news by sally

“Jack Straw was at the centre of a political row last night after he sacked a magistrate who criticised the police for failing to protect her daughter from being physically assaulted at school.”

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The Independent, 8th June 2008

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Specialist drug courts ‘working’ – BBC News

Posted May 28th, 2008 in drug offences, magistrates, news by sally

“Specialist courts which deal only with drugs offenders are proving a success, the government has said.”

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BBC News, 28th May 2008

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Time intervals for criminal proceedings in magistrates’ courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 23rd, 2008 in magistrates, press releases, statistics by sally

“The latest National Statistics release on time intervals for criminal proceedings in magistrates’ courts, released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Revised Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines – Published 12 May 2008 – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted May 12th, 2008 in magistrates, press releases, sentencing by sally

“The first revised magistrates’ court sentencing guidelines in four years have today been published by the Sentencing Guidelines Council.”

Press release

Revised Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines (PDF)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 12th May 2008

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk