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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Government outlines plans for fast-track justice – The Guardian

“‘Flash incarceration’ of offenders who breach court orders, widespread naming online of those convicted, more witnesses giving evidence via videolink and Sunday court sittings are among measures outlined in government plans to speed up justice.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Swift justice’ could resolve court cases within hours – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2012 in criminal justice, delay, magistrates, news by sally

“Criminal cases could be dealt with in days or even hours under plans to bring in “swift and sure justice”, ministers will say on Friday.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2012

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Clarke opens Westminster’s new magistrates’ court – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 25th, 2012 in courts, magistrates, news by sally

“Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke officially opened a new state of the art Magistrates’ Court in London today (21 June).”

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Ministry of Justice, 21st June 2012

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Potential removal of magistrate fine caps could have “significant” impact on environmental offenders – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 14th, 2012 in environmental protection, fines, magistrates, news by sally

“The Government’s new powers to remove the cap on the level of fines that can be issued by magistrates’ courts in England and Wales could lead to ‘very significant’ future penalties for environmental offences, an expert has warned.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th June 2012

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Magistrates to sit in community centres in plan to speed up justice – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2012 in courts, guilty pleas, magistrates, news, summary judgments by sally

“Ministers are to announce plans to allow magistrates to sit on their own in community centres or police stations in a bid to speed up justice.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2012

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Magistrates should use online crime maps ahead of sentencing – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2012 in compensation, internet, magistrates, news, reports, sentencing by sally

“Magistrates say they should be able to use new online crime maps to give tougher sentences for offenders who are blighting a neighbourhood.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2012

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Magistrates to have power for summary justice – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 16th, 2012 in magistrates, news, penalties by sally

“Magistrates will have the power to hand out summary justice in police stations or community centres under a planned overhaul of out of court penalties to be revealed next month.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2012

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Drink driving case abandoned after magistrate ‘fell asleep’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2012 in adjournment, magistrates, news, professional conduct by sally

“A drink driving case was abandoned after a magistrate appeared to fall asleep while the defence solicitor was speaking.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2012

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Courts to open at weekends to mete out justice to yobs – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 2nd, 2012 in courts, drunk and disorderly, magistrates, news, young offenders by sally

“Magistrates’ courts are to be ordered to sit in then early mornings, evenings and at weekends under plans to deliver a ‘short, sharp shock’ to youths who get drunk and commit offences on Friday and Saturday nights.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2012

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Society condemns out-of-court sentencing plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 14th, 2011 in Law Society, magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“The Law Society has criticised Nick Herbert’s proposal to give magistrates power to issue summary sentences outside of court, which it says could leave defendants without access to proper advice.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th December 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Minister signals summary justice role for magistrates – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2011 in criminal procedure, fines, magistrates, news, penalties, police, summary judgments by tracey

“Magistrates will be able to hand out summary justice in police stations under a radical overhaul of out-of-court penalties being considered by the Government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2011

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The strengths and skills of the Judiciary in the Magistrates’ Courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 18th, 2011 in judiciary, magistrates, reports by tracey

“This research assessed the strengths and skills of magistrates and District Judges to inform better deployment of the judiciary in magistrates’ courts.”

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Ministry of Justice, 15th November 2011

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Are professional judges better than lay magistrates? – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2011 in judiciary, magistrates, news by tracey

“A Ministry of Justice report suggests the difference is less than some imagine.”

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The Guardian, 17th November 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk