Why are special courts that can help drug users at risk of being scrapped? – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2014 in courts, crime, drug abuse, magistrates, news by sally

‘Launched as a pilot programme a decade ago, dedicated drug courts were widely promoted as one of the best hopes of halting addiction-fuelled crime. According to supporters, however, specialist courts are now in danger of being disbanded through lack of official support. The West London drugs court, in Hammersmith, sits only half a day a week and is no longer staffed exclusively by specially trained magistrates.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Magistrate court fines ‘may rise 300%’ under new plans – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2014 in fines, magistrates, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Maximum fines imposed by magistrates are set to rise dramatically under new proposals for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Review into death of boy pinpoints decision of magistrates to refuse EPO – Local Government Lawyer

‘A “very unusual” Magistrates’ Court decision to refuse the grant of an emergency protection order (EPO) for a baby boy disempowered agencies, a serious case review into his death has concluded.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th April 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Court closures spark fears of ‘justice deserts’ in rural areas – The Independent

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in county courts, courts, magistrates, news by sally

‘Dozens of the 500 courts in England and Wales are to be shut down under a £75m-a-year Ministry of Justice reform programme, fuelling fears that rural areas will become “deserts” of justice.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Impose tougher sentences for knife crimes, says top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 17th, 2014 in judges, magistrates, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘The most senior judge in England and Wales has called on magistrates to impose tougher sentences for youths who carry knives.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Damian Green: new rehabilitation powers for magistrates – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 27th, 2014 in magistrates, press releases, rehabilitation, supervision orders by tracey

‘Magistrates will be given new powers as part of the Government’s reforms of rehabilitation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Released short term prisoner face another two weeks behind bars if they ignore new supervision – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2014 in bills, diversity, magistrates, news, rehabilitation, supervision orders by sally

‘Damian Green, Justice minister, announces new powers for magistrates to ensure new supervision orders are met.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Magistrate numbers in England and Wales fall by 1,837 – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2014 in elderly, magistrates, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of magistrates in England and Wales fell by 1,837 last year, new figures have revealed.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Magistrates should sit in police stations, report says – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2014 in courts, magistrates, news, police, reports by sally

‘The government should allow magistrates to dispense on-the-spot justice inside police stations at peak times, a report by a right-leaning think tank has said.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Let reformed drug addicts become magistrates’, suggests think tank – The Independent

Posted December 17th, 2013 in courts, drug abuse, magistrates, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Ex-offenders who’ve turned away from crime would be ideally suited to help deal with low-level offenders.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Clare’s Law – what is it and is it what’s needed? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘From March 2014, a scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts will be extended to police forces across England and Wales, following a successful 14-month pilot in four police force areas. It is intended that this Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or “Clare’s Law”, will provide, “people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy”, according to Home Secretary Theresa May.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd December 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Anything Goes? – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

Posted November 4th, 2013 in enforcement notices, guilty pleas, judicial review, magistrates, news, planning by sally

“Has Rahmdezfouli stemmed the march against formalism, asks Dan Bunting.”

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 2nd November 2013

Source: www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk

I swear that the current procedure for taking oaths in court needs reform – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 4th, 2013 in Christianity, criminal procedure, Islam, magistrates, news, oaths, trials, witnesses by sally

“Do you object to swearing an oath on the Bible? Sorry, I hope that question didn’t put you off your stride when settling down to read this article. It’s the same question witnesses are asked when they’re about to give evidence in criminal trials.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 1st November 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Magistrates throw out plan to ditch Bible oath – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 21st, 2013 in Christianity, courts, evidence, magistrates, news, oaths, witnesses by sally

“Swearing on the Bible will continue to be a crucial part of giving evidence in court after magistrates threw out proposals to introduce a modernised oath.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th October 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Retiring magistrate warns of ‘dismay’ over soft justice – Daily Telegraph

“A magistrate who has retired after 25 years on the bench expressed his ‘dismay’ at the way courts have pandered towards rehabilitating criminals rather than punishing them.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Address to the National Bench Chairmen’s Forum Conference: “A Review of the Year” – Lord Justice Gross, Senior Presiding Judge

Posted September 17th, 2013 in judges, magistrates, news, speeches by sally

Address to the National Bench Chairmen’s Forum Conference: “A Review of the Year” (PDF)

Lord Justice Gross, Senior Presiding Judge

National Bench Chairman’s Forum Conference, 11th September 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Three’s a crowd for simple magistrates court cases, says minister – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2013 in cautions, courts, Crown Court, fines, magistrates, news, police, sentencing by tracey

“Chris Grayling says it is absurd that benches of three magistrates are required to rubber-stamp ‘foregone conclusions.’ ”

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The Guardian, 11th September 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Regina (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice: [2013] EWHC 2481 (Admin);   [2013] WLR (D)  344

“Where the Crown Court fixed a term of imprisonment in default of a sum recoverable under a confiscation order the words ‘at the time the period of detention was imposed’ in section 79(2) of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 meant the time when the default term was activated by the magistrates’ court, not the time when it was fixed by the Crown Court, for the purposes of calculating a reduction in the term of imprisonment.”

WLR Daily, 4th September 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

On-the-spot fines are making High Streets ‘fair game’ to young criminals – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2013 in cautions, courts, fines, magistrates, news, police, recidivists, young offenders by tracey

“Britain’s High Streets are at risk of becoming ‘fair game’ to young criminals who are ‘blighting our communities’ because they know they can escape with on-the-spot fines, the Justice Secretary warns today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Damian Green: Reforming the role of magistrates – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 15th, 2013 in courts, criminal procedure, magistrates, news, sentencing, speeches by sally

“More than 4,000 defendants each year are sent to the Crown Court for sentencing when they could be dealt with in the magistrates’ court, costing valuable money and time Justice Minister Damian Green said today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th August 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice