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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Make better use of magistrates, says justice minister – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2013 in consultations, criminal justice, magistrates, news, speeches by sally

“Four in 10 people sent to crown court to be sentenced could have been dealt with by magistrates, saving valuable time and money, the justice minister will say on Wednesday.”

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The Guardian, 14th August 2013

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Victims of crime to be given a voice and challenge police – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 14th, 2013 in appeals, cautions, domestic violence, magistrates, news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

“Victims of crime could get the right to challenge police who let criminals off with a ‘slap on the wrist’, under Government proposals being unveiled today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2013

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Driver caught doing 80 mph in a 30 mph zone criticised – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has criticised a man caught driving at more than 80 mph in a 30 mph zone, as she said sentencing guidelines did not cover such a gross breach of the speed limit.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2013

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The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State’s Directions for Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted July 23rd, 2013 in judiciary, magistrates, press releases by tracey

“The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State’s Directions for Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 18th July 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Women being imprisoned unnecessarily, reformers say – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 10th, 2013 in imprisonment, magistrates, news, sentencing, women by sally

“Magistrates’ courts are sending fewer women to prison than in previous years but some courts are four times more likely to jail women than others, according to figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th July 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Treatment of women in British courts varies widely – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2013 in bills, criminal justice, detention, magistrates, news, sentencing, women by sally

“Some magistrates’ courts are four times more likely to send women to prison than others, according to figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Complaints against judges and magistrates soar – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 28th, 2013 in complaints, judiciary, magistrates, news, reports, statistics by tracey

“New figures from the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) showed it received 2,154 complaints in 2012-13, up from 1,615 in the previous 12 months. However, after investigation only 55 cases led to disciplinary sanction, the report said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2013

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