Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Monday, 12 August 2013
A LITTLE FED UP
Last month, two weeks after confirming an extra sitting, I turned up for that sitting to be told I had not been listed. Eventually a court was found where I could be of some use because it was admitted the back office had made another mistake and a colleague had been cancelled in error. At my next but one rota`d sitting upon my arrival at 9.20 a.m. the legal manager expressed surprise that I was there. My intended court had been cancelled the previous morning although I had been confirmed the day before that. I had received no phone call, text or e-mail. Speaking to colleagues it seems that at my court such errors are far from unusual.
Does the fact that our previous highly experienced judicial liaison officers who jumped ship before being pushed were replaced by lower graded staff in January 2012, have something to do with it? Is my court particularly inefficient? The proverbial optimist within me is beginning to feel a little fed up.