McClintock v Department of Constitutional Affairs – Times Law Reports

Posted December 5th, 2007 in harassment, law reports, magistrates, religious discrimination by sally

McClintock v Department of Constitutional Affairs

Employment Appeal Tribunal

“To allow judges to opt out of hearing cases where they disapproved of the law would be an abdication of their responsibilities.”

The Times, 5th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication. 

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

Posted November 23rd, 2007 in criminal justice, magistrates, press releases, statistics by sally

“Quarterly National Statistics release presenting results from a 1-week survey of criminal cases completed in the Magistrates’ courts. ”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 23rd November 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

To deliver justice we need time, not a midwife – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2007 in legal representation, magistrates, special report by sally

“It is nine months since ‘Falconer’s Folly’ began its roll-out to all 360 magistrates’ courts in England and Wales. This scheme is more properly called ‘speedy justice’ – a system designed to hurry cases through the courts. A trial period in Thames, Camberwell, Coventry and West Cumbria proved that it did just that, according to some official statistics.”

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The Times, 13th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk  

Gay couple adoption appeal lost – BBC News

Posted November 1st, 2007 in adoption, appeals, homosexuality, magistrates, news by sally

“An ex-magistrate who says he was forced to resign because he would not place children for adoption with gay couples has lost his appeal.”

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BBC News, 31st October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

JP fears assault claim hit reputation – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 31st, 2007 in defamation, magistrates, news by sally

“A leading magistrate has said he feared his reputation was in tatters after losing a legal bid to sue his daughter-in-law over allegations he assaulted her.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Christian JP refused to rule on gay adoption – The Times

Posted October 23rd, 2007 in adoption, homosexuality, magistrates, news by sally

“A Christian magistrate was forced to resign because he refused to place children for adoption with gay couples, an employment appeal tribunal was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 23rd October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Magistrate in gay adoption row to appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 22nd, 2007 in adoption, homosexuality, magistrates, news by sally

“A Christian magistrate who claims that he had to quit the bench because he objects to adoption by gay couples is taking the Government to court today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Means testing in the magistrates’ courts: post implementation review – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 3rd, 2007 in magistrates, press releases by sally

“Means testing in the magistrates’ courts was introduced on time and on budget and remains on course to deliver its projected annual savings of £35 million.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 2nd October 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Magistrate walks out over Muslim woman’s veil – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 2nd, 2007 in court dress, Islam, magistrates, news by sally

“A magistrate is facing an inquiry after refusing to deal with a defendant wearing a full Muslim veil, the Judiciary of England and Wales said yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Magistrates’ jailing powers to be slashed – The Observer

Posted June 25th, 2007 in magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“The Government will this week spark a new war with the judiciary by stripping England and Wales’s 30,000 magistrates of powers to hand out suspended jail terms, in a fresh bid to ease the prisons crisis.”

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The Observer, 24th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge and magistrates will hear flashing case – The Times

Posted June 11th, 2007 in indecent exposure, judges, magistrates, news by sally

“The trial next week of a Court of Appeal judge accused of flashing will be heard by a rare panel of a judge sitting with two magistrates because of the sensitivity of the case.”

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The Times, 9th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Website lists likely punishments – The Times

Posted May 31st, 2007 in magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“Anyone up before a magistrates’ court can now go online to find out the likely sentence for the alleged offence in advance of the hearing.”

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The Times, 30th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

JPs ‘ignore advice of experts’ – The Times

Posted May 15th, 2007 in magistrates, news, young offenders by sally

“Magistrates’ decisions are made on the basis of stereotypes, and ignore advice from experts, research says.”

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The Times, 15th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Magistrates quit over government demand to impose charges – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2007 in fines, magistrates, news by sally

“Three senior magistrates have resigned over surcharges on fines for offenders in what could be the start of a wave of revolts against the scheme. Other magistrates are angry about the Home Office-inspired initiative, which they say interferes with their discretion to make the punishment fit the crime and turns them into unofficial tax collectors.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk