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THE NOT VERY CANNY FOLK AT THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 12th March 2019 at 11:59 - Posted in Police Blogs

The financial acumen of the people who service the Ministry of Justice has never been a pre - requisite for employment.  Indeed government in general of whatever department has been infamous for selling off assets at giveaway prices the most scandalous of all being Gordon Brown`s selling our gold at a time when the market was at its lowest for years. In 2010 the MOJ began the great court sell off.  Buildings deemed superfluous to need were closed and most but not all were sold to a first...
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18 IS TOO YOUNG TO BE A MAGISTRATE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 07th March 2019 at 14:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

In 2012 the minimum age for magistrates was reduced from 27 to 18. I considered that a gross error at the time and still do.  The current minimum age for voting is also 18. The Representation of the People Act 1969 lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, with effect from 1970 and remained in force until the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 which allowed 16 year olds to vote for the first time but only in Scotland and only in that particular referendum. Soldiers cannot be sent into combat...
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THE COST OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AT M.O.J.

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 05th March 2019 at 11:27 - Posted in Police Blogs

From time to time I have commented, often disparagingly, on the press/public relations department of the Ministry of Justice.  Latest figures on that department are that currently there are 31 employees at a cost of..........comprising employee salary along with employer pension and National Insurance contributions........£2,354,000. This represents 0.03% of the MOJ budget.I don`t know how this compares with other central government departments but on the surface this F.O.I. answer appears...
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FAILING GRAYLING IS POLITICS TODAY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 01st March 2019 at 13:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

Over the last five years I have not been alone in castigating the "improvements" brought about by the former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Indeed quick use of the search box will indicate just what a catastrophe this incompetent man has been.  Reinforcing the fact that it was not a departmental failing of one sort or another today brings news of his ramshackle approach in his current job as Transport Secretary which has once more cost the taxpayers of the UK £millions.  The fact that...
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MUSINGS ON WEDNESDAY 2

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 27th February 2019 at 11:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

I offer just a few points of reference for today.Prosecutions for road traffic offences have fallen by two thirds since 2010.  I doubt that driving standards have improved so much in that time.  The only possible explanation is that with fewer police on patrol fewer miscreants have been apprehended. The numbers are here. The government is totally to blame for the current shortage of magistrates. The number of two person benches is on the rise precisely because of the shortage. But...
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TV IN OUR COURTS IS INEVITABLE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 25th February 2019 at 12:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week the Guardian published a lengthy article on the demise of court reporting.  It is a fact based information piece that offers no solutions to the perceived deficit. However these facts do not tell the whole story.  As I have posted here from time to time there are regular all day as it happens magistrates courts reports countrywide.  Insert court reporting in the search box. There is no doubt in my mind that it is a matter of "when" and not "if" live TV webcasts of all...
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THE SUN SETS ON LAY MAGISTRATES

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 18th February 2019 at 12:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

The government departments which have the greatest influence over the manner of the work that Justices of the Peace undertake are, surprise surprise, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. In May 2006 a previous Home Secretary John Reid admitted that when he was the incumbent the department was "not fit for purpose".  His honesty then has been borne out many times since.  The current prime minister oversaw so many failings when she was Reid`s successor it should have been a red light...
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DECRIMINALISE DRUG USE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 12th February 2019 at 12:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have long been in favour of the decriminalisation of drugs which are currently prohibited; heroin, cocaine and marijuana and the derivatives manufactured to get round current regulations which are sometimes more lethal than the originals on which they are based.  In the case of marijuana many jurisdictions have already legalised the drug in particular form.  The swinging sixties so called was an era of "weed" or "joint" or "squiff" the active ingredient of which is  tetrahydrocannabinol. However,...
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ASLEEP ON THE BENCH

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 08th February 2019 at 12:25 - Posted in Police Blogs

It seems a judge, not just a HH but a High Court judge  has been caught sleeping on the job. Unlike JPs who fail similarly she was allowed to remain in post. For an entertaining recent history of such failings read my post of 14th August 2015.

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SOMETIMES DETERRENCE REALLY DOES WORK

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 05th February 2019 at 12:34 - Posted in Police Blogs

It is perhaps not widely known that when a defendant is fined at court after conviction the fine is payable immediately and sometimes, just sometimes, it is paid immediately. There are those, however, who appear to treat the whole court and legal process as an interruption to their feckless relentless life of contempt for any kind of authority. Reading regularly in various publications of the amount of unpaid fines, £500 million, a £billion or even more........who knows the exact figure at any...
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