Magistrate disciplined after Facebook comments on case he oversaw – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2017 in internet, magistrates, news, professional conduct by sally

‘A magistrate has been reprimanded after posting a Facebook message about a court case he had overseen.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Woman wins court case to have a pit bull dog destroyed – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2017 in dogs, euthanasia, magistrates, news by sally

‘A woman who was attacked by two dogs at a boarding kennels has won her case to have one of the animals destroyed.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Magistrate disciplined after refusing to hear same-sex parenting case – Daily Telegraph

‘A magistrate who refused to sit on a same-sex parenting case has been given a formal warning for misconduct.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th January 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Non-payment of Council Tax – Local Government Law

Posted January 26th, 2017 in appeals, committals, council tax, debts, local government, magistrates, news, regulations by tracey

‘In R (Woolcock) v Bridgend MC (2017) EWHC 34 (Admin) Lewis J quashed a suspended committal order, pursuant to Regulation 47 of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992, because no proper means assessment had been carried out and the suspension period was manifestly excessive.’

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Local Government Law, 23rd January 2017

Source: www.11kbw.com/blogs/local-government-law

New sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts published – Sentencing Council

Posted January 25th, 2017 in magistrates, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published revised guidelines for offences in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines.
The guidelines apply to all offenders aged 18 and older who are sentenced on or after 24 April 2017, regardless of the date of the offence.’

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Sentencing Council, 24th January 2017

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Magistrates struggle (again) with the use of imprisonment for non-payment of council tax – by Sam Genen and Sophie Walker – UK Human Rights Blog

‘There is an exceedingly long line of case law, stretching back beyond the days of the community charge (which was of course better known as the Poll Tax). In those cases, the courts have traditionally quashed custodial orders improperly imposed by magistrates for non-payment of council taxes.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd January 2017

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Magistrates quitting in ‘considerable’ numbers over court closures – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2016 in courts, criminal justice, magistrates, news by tracey

‘Magistrates are resigning in “considerable” numbers, the head of their national body has said, after scores of court closures and swingeing government cuts.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Magistrate court cases take a week longer to complete – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2016 in appeals, courts, delay, magistrates, news, trials by sally

‘A victim’s charity says growing court delays are damaging “the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system”.’

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BBC News, 17th November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sentencing ‘starting points’ for disqualified directors – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Magistrates will be given ‘starting points’ to help them sentence disqualified company directors who breach court orders as part of Sentencing Council efforts to ensure a consistent approach in the courts.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th October 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Magistrates should be allowed to work past the age of 70 to solve staffing problems, MPs claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 19th, 2016 in elderly, judiciary, magistrates, news, reports, retirement, select committees by sally

‘Magistrates should not be forced to retire at 70 if keeping them on would solve the recruitment crisis, a committee of MPs have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th October 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Magistrates’ courts need ‘younger, more diverse recruits’ – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2016 in elderly, judiciary, magistrates, news, young persons by sally

‘Too many magistrates in England and Wales are “old and white”, one of the youngest justices in the country says.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Speech by Lord Justice Gross at the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association Conference – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 30th, 2016 in judiciary, magistrates, speeches by tracey

‘Providing Sufficient Resources for the Courts and Judiciary as a Fundamental Constitutional Obligation.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th September 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Fall in number of magistrates ‘will mean less diversity’ – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in diversity, inquiries, judiciary, magistrates, news, select committees, statistics by sally

‘A sharp fall in the number of magistrates in England and Wales will ensure that those on the bench remain overwhelmingly white and elderly, the government has been warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Don’t try to defend yourself in court. But if you have to, here are some crucial tips – The Guardian

‘More people than ever seem to be defending themselves. If you do it, make sure you understand the law, know the lingo and how to play the system.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Magistrate sacked for opposing same-sex adoption is suspended by NHS – The Guardian

‘A Christian magistrate who was sacked after voicing his opposition to adoption by same-sex parents has been suspended as a non-executive director by an NHS trust.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judges overturn practice of double conviction for aggravated offences – The Guardian

‘A long-established legal practice of imposing double convictions for racially or religiously aggravated offences has been overturned by a high court ruling that could influence national crime statistics.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ethics on the bench and in the witness box: The Round-up – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A highly experienced magistrate – Richard Page – has been sacked for airing views opposing same-sex couples being allowed to adopt.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th March 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Magistrate who opposed gay couples adopting to sue Michael Gove – The Guardian

‘A Christian magistrate who was sacked after opposing adoption by gay parents on national television is planning to sue Michael Gove over the decision.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Christian judge struck off after controversial same-sex adoption comments – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 11th, 2016 in adoption, disciplinary procedures, homosexuality, magistrates, news by tracey

‘A Christian judge has been struck off after making controversial comments over same-sex adoption on national television.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

CPS inspectors call for ‘culture change’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, defence, delay, magistrates, news, reports by sally

‘CPS lawyers have been criticised for failing to engage effectively with defence practitioners amid efforts to reduce delays in magistrates’ courts.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd February 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk