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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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A 10 Point Plan for Policing

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 13th February 2019 at 11:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’m sitting on a train bound for Cardiff where, later today, I will have the privilege of spending a bit of time in the company officers and staff from South Wales Police. I’ll be talking to them about the day I fell seriously ill and the reasons why I think it happened. I’ll be telling them about the long, long road to recovery. I love policing with all my heart and soul – I always have and I always will. It’s a heck of a job though – placing the kinds of demands on people (body,
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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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KNIFE PREVENTION ORDERS; PAPERING OVER THE CRACKS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 31st January 2019 at 12:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have posted more than a few times on ASBOs and the like. Use the search box for posts.  Essentially they are civil orders breaching of which is a criminal offence.  I would term them displacement orders insofar as eg Drink Banning Orders can order the miscreant to do his/her boozing in another county or another town.  There have even been cases where the order has been nationwide.  They are IMHO a complete waste of time and an abrogation of our society to deter and if necessary
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The death of Kingsley Burrell

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 31st January 2019 at 11:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

I think it appropriate to share my view on this case. Mr Burrell’s death takes place in a context. This shapes how we view any story and it is different for all of us, as are the emotions that this case generates. Chief Constable David Thompson I make no challenge on the validity of anyone’s views of the context of this story as this is based on their values, views and life experience. It is for this reason my reflections begin with some facts. Mr Burrell should not have died. Both the NHS and
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A SORRY STORY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 28th January 2019 at 14:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have voted Tory since 1979. The late seventies showed that the trade unions and the Labour Party had brought ruin to the country and the Tories under Margaret Thatcher had shown that their own moribund attitudes were for the past. The three day week and reading by candlelight were their nadir. In 1997 John Major with his determination to integrate the £ sterling with a "basket of European currencies" was so out of tune with the voters that they and I voted in a democratic social democratic party
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AN INADEQUATE CONCLUSION AT HEATHROW

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 22nd January 2019 at 14:08 - Posted in Police Blogs

One would have thought that suggesting there was a bomb and assaulting a security officer in the vicinity of the threat at Heathrow, would have been enough for an intending passenger to be arrested on suspicion and eventually charged with appropriate offence(s). In the case of the son of a world famous singer he was, unlike many who have committed similar offences, cautioned by police.  This was a disgraceful dereliction of duty by the police.  The officers involved and any superiors who
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OPINIONS OF A DINOSAUR

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 21st January 2019 at 12:57 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week the High Court rendered a not widely publicised decision on the future fate of the two British prisoners held in Syria by Kurdish forces.  They are accused of being not only Isis terrorists but part of the infamous group of murderers who filmed their murder by decapitation with a knife of innocent people and broadcast their horrendous deeds to the world.  This was part of a cold blooded exercise to terrorise those who opposed their attempts to impose Sharia over vast areas of
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Canteen Mythology v.2

Written by RSS Poster McNoddy on the 16th January 2019 at 15:18 - Posted in Police Blogs

Keeping this simple. Polis piece times and locations have reared their heads again over on Twitter.I have written about this before, but I welcome this corroboration.© McNoddyPublished by Toy Town™ Times

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IF NOT CUSTODY; WHAT????

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 16th January 2019 at 14:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

RECENT cases dealt with by Taunton Magistrates' Courts include: Richard Anthony Ward Coombes, 42, of no fixed address, two counts of theft as a trespasser, 12 weeks prison (consecutive) on each count, £780 compensation; theft as a trespasser; damaged a detention cell, one week prison (consecutive); used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, two weeks prison (consecutive); caused a nuisance or disturbance to an NHS staff member, possession of cannabis, breached a criminal
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THE GONE MAGISTRATE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 09th January 2019 at 14:48 - Posted in Police Blogs

There is a prominent article in today`s Times [copied below] urging the government to allow Justices of the Peace to retire at age 75, five years older than the current age. It has been common knowledge for over a decade that the age profile of magistrates was such that a severe shortage of JPs was to be expected.  Indeed the discomfort for HMCTS is that not surprisingly many benches in addition to being short of magistrates per se will have fewer approved chairman to preside over courts. 
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THE SACKING OF RICHARD PAGE ex J.P. PART 3

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 07th January 2019 at 12:48 - Posted in Police Blogs

Latest news on sacked magistrate Richard Page; he is one step closer in his appeal to be re-instated. Previous posts on this topic going back some years can be seen by putting "Richard Page" into search box. 

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COURT CLOSURES LATEST INFORMATION

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 07th January 2019 at 12:28 - Posted in Police Blogs

Read very latest information from House of Commons on court closures. 

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