Magistrate suspended after telling court how cannabis killed her brother – Daily Telegraph

“A magistrate has been reprimanded for highlighting the dangers of cannabis after her own brother’s addiction to the drug led to his death.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Guidance for Magistrates involved in scrutiny of out of court disposals – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted June 21st, 2013 in cautions, codes of practice, judges, magistrates, news, penalties by tracey

“Guidance issued by the Senior Presiding Judge, Lord Justice Gross.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 17th June 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Justice by postcode: variety in magistrates’ sentences revealed – The Independent

Posted April 22nd, 2013 in magistrates, news, recidivists, sentencing, statistics by sally

“The number of criminals sent to prison by magistrates in England and Wales varies dramatically depending on which court does the sentencing, research reveals today.”

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The Independent, 22nd April 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Damian Green: Unacceptable delays in criminal justice system – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 20th, 2013 in criminal justice, delay, magistrates, news by sally

“There are unacceptable delays in Magistrates’ Courts which slows down justice for victims, said Justice Minister Damian Green as he announced plans to modernise the system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th February 2013

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Scores of violent offenders able to walk out of jail – Daily Telegraph

“Scores of Britain’s most dangerous criminals have walked out of open prisons over the past year, official statistics disclosed yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2013

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Use of police cautions has ‘got out of hand’, magistrates warn – Daily Telegraph

“One in four violent criminals are avoiding court as magistrates warned the excessive use of cautions by police has ‘got out of hand’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Keep new police commissioners at arm’s length, magistrates warned – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2013 in codes of practice, judges, judiciary, magistrates, news, police by sally

“A senior judge has warned magistrates to maintain their distance from police and crime commissioners (PCCs), in the latest demonstration of unease about the recently elected new posts.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Bateman; Regina v Doyle: [2012] EWCA Crim 2158; [2012] WLR (D) 355 – WLR Daily

Posted November 30th, 2012 in committals, Crown Court, law reports, magistrates, sentencing by tracey

Regina v Bateman; Regina v Doyle: [2012] EWCA Crim 2158;   [2012] WLR (D)  355

“Where an offender was committed to the Crown Court by the magistrates’ court under paragraph 11(2)(a) of Schedule 12 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to be dealt with in respect of the commission of an offence committed during the operational period of a suspended sentence imposed by the Crown Court, the Crown Court’s sentencing powers in relation to other offences in respect of which the offender was committed under section 6(2) of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 were limited by section 7(1) of the 2000 Act to those of the magistrates’ court.”

WLR Daily, 27th November 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

More criminals to escape courts under new police commissioners, magistrates warn – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 19th, 2012 in budgets, cautions, courts, fines, magistrates, news, police by sally

“More offenders will be ‘let off’ with cautions and fines following the introduction of police and crime commissioners, magistrates fear.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th November 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police play judge and jury in too many cases, say magistrates – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2012 in cautions, courts, fines, magistrates, news, police, victims by sally

“Police have become judge and jury dispensing inappropriate summary justice on the streets, the country’s leading magistrates have warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Flexible courts to open in dozens of areas – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 11th, 2012 in courts, criminal justice, magistrates, news, pilot schemes by sally

“Thousands more people will benefit from flexible courts, Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green said today as he unveiled a list of dozens of new pilot areas.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th October 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

‘Swift justice’ pilot schemes unveiled – BBC News

Posted October 11th, 2012 in courts, criminal justice, magistrates, news, pilot schemes by sally

“A substantial increase in the number of flexible criminal justice pilot schemes across England and Wales is to be announced by the government.”

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BBC News, 11th October 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines updated – Sentencing Council

Posted October 3rd, 2012 in magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“The Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines which includes Update 9 (the update on the Victim Surcharge) are now available to download.”

Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines (PDF)

Sentencing Council, 1st October 2012

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Weekend court plans in ‘chaos’ – LegalVoice

“Ministry of Justice (MoJ) plans to pilot Sunday magistrates’ courts have been hit by a technical hitch after prisons said they could not accept new prisoners on that day, writes Elizabeth Davidson. However, its pilot of full-day Saturday courts is still on schedule to begin in the Manchester area this weekend, despite vocal opposition from local criminal lawyers, some of whom claim taking part could leave them vulnerable to expensive employment tribunal claims.”

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LegalVoice, 27th September 2012

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Former Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson visits British court – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 17th, 2012 in courts, magistrates, news, police by sally

“Sir Paul Stephenson, Britain’s former top policeman, spends a day at a magistrates’ court, and is shocked by what he finds.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Related link: Our creaking courts: a day inside Westminister Magistrate’s

Olympic fast-track courts have dealt with more than 80 cases – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2012 in criminal justice, magistrates, news, sport by tracey

“Fast-track courts have dealt with more than 80 ‘Olympic crimes’ so far during the course of the 2012 Games, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.”

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The Guardian, 29th Auguest 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Media Protection Services Ltd v Crawford and another – WLR Daily

Posted August 24th, 2012 in company directors, copyright, informations, law reports, magistrates, solicitors by sally

Media Protection Services Ltd v Crawford and another [2012] EWHC 2373 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 250

“The laying of an information by a director of a private limited company, acting for reward on behalf of a client in the course of its business, constituted acting as a solicitor within the meaning and in breach of section 20 of the Solicitors Act 1974 and carrying on a reserved legal activity, namely the conduct of litigation, contrary to the Legal Services Act 2007, with the result that the proceedings were void.”

WLR Daily, 16th August 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Judiciary silenced out of court – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2012 in internet, judiciary, legal profession, magistrates, news by sally

“Judges and magistrates have been banned from blogging about their jobs. This is not helpful.”

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The Guardian, 14th August 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Magistrates can stand for police commissioner roles after judge’s U-turn – The Guardian

Posted August 13th, 2012 in criminal records, judges, magistrates, news, police by sally

“The senior judge who banned magistrates from standing as candidates in November’s police commissioner elections has backed down and said they need not resign as JPs unless they are elected.”

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The Guardian, 10th August 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Magistrates banned from standing in police commissioner elections – The Guardian

Posted August 9th, 2012 in elections, judiciary, magistrates, news, police by sally

“Plans for the first police commissioner elections this autumn have been thrown into fresh disarray with the disclosure that magistrates – who make up a significant number of the candidates – have been banned from standing.”

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The Guardian, 9th August 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk