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

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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

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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