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MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 13th July 2018 at 14:58 - Posted in Police Blogs

Recently the big chief of the Magistrates Association was interviewed by The Times for its law pages.  Even a man from Mars would have thought that that would be a perfect opportunity for this representative of 15,000 JPs to have made plain the ramifications for justice of the Ministry of Justice`s cost cutting and incompetence over the last few years especially when the prisons and the courts are still reeling from the policies of a certain Chris Grayling; perhaps the most incompetent cabinet...
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COURT CLOSURES UPDATE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 11th July 2018 at 12:09 - Posted in Police Blogs

Latest information on court closures:-

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SALAMI SLICING OUR FREEDOM

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 09th July 2018 at 13:49 - Posted in Police Blogs

Changes have been made to our justice system in the last two decades which would have raised cries of horror from parliamentarians of the 19th and 20th centuries who were as concerned with liberties for the populace as they were with party politics. During my time on the bench ASBOs became the easy way to control behaviour which some described as arbitrary; a seemingly innocuous civil order which opened the door to five years custody if broken. This was followed by Drink Banning Orders in 2010. All...
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AN IGNORANT BARONESS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 05th July 2018 at 12:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

House of Lords 3rd July 2018Read below the enlightening remarks of an unelected law maker. Booted upstairs she spouts this rubbish.  If she believes it she ought to know the Sentencing Guidelines. If she`s looking for publicity by being outspoken she should resign.  One more reason to abolish the House of Lords.Baroness Corston LabourMy Lords, I, too, welcome the fact that the Government have abandoned their prison building programme in favour of women’s community...
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WHEN LEGAL ADVISERS BARE THEIR TEETH

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 03rd July 2018 at 12:13 - Posted in Police Blogs

J.P.s are appointed on the basis of their possessing many of the qualities thought to be necessary to do the job. Whether the job template needs altering is another matter for another time. Although there are lawyers on the bench there are also many other highly qualified people and some not so qualified in academic terms. The legal adviser is there to ensure that decisions made by justices are lawful although that does not preclude a very small minority of decisions going to appeal. I myself have...
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PUTNEY BRIDGE JOGGER JOGS FREE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 28th June 2018 at 11:27 - Posted in Police Blogs

We are often told that this country is the most image recorded in the world. There are an estimated 5 million cameras between John O Groats and Lands End and the density of such technology is highest in London and the major cities. In the capital the central boroughs including the Cities of London and Westminster are the most densely packed with such optical technology.  Putney Bridge, a major traffic artery over the River Thames, has cameras yet all this technical innovation, some would say...
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FRAUD RUNNER

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 27th June 2018 at 10:15 - Posted in Police Blogs

Sourcing news which might be of interest to magistrates especially when returning to the keyboard after a time away rarely fails to surprise.  But surprise doesn`t do justice IMHO to the man who was jailed for assuming the identity of a registered runner at the London Marathon.  He was convicted of *fraud by false representation; an either way offence. The report is available here.  It would seem that the sentence of four months custody was based on the court`s maximum with one third...
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THE END OF JUSTICES OF THE PEACE IS NIGH

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 26th June 2018 at 12:19 - Posted in Police Blogs

Having enjoyed the fruits and benefits of a Mediterranean lifestyle albeit including the facilities of air conditioning, superb swimming  and poolside overeating and drinking I am surprised that I have found no comment here or elsewhere on the MOJ`s seeking to appoint a "National Leadership Magistrate" the subject of my previous post. With so many local judicial areas advertising for new magistrates and the increasing retirements of those past their sell by date many benches will soon be constituted...
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THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE IS SEEKING A TOAD

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 14th June 2018 at 13:53 - Posted in Police Blogs

I consider the following announcement earlier today of considerable significance so I`ve stopped packing the sun cream for a minute or two to copy it below. The toady who is appointed will no more be representative of JPs than a pig is representative of farmers.  The person selected will be an arrogant bore seeking another post to justify his/her future CBE. This is just another milestone in the road to the total elimination of JPs from our court systemExpression of Interest:...
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THIS J.P.`s OUT OF THE OFFICE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 13th June 2018 at 13:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

Unless there is momentous news concerning magistrates and their courts this blogger will be on holiday for a couple of weeks exchanging the keyboard for the finest humous and kleftiko that Crete can provide. And no doubt a shot or three of Ouzo might come his way.Τα λέμε σύντομα

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