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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Friday, 7 February 2014
READING THE RUNES
With an election approaching like a high tide on the Devon coast the legislation flowing from the Ministry of Justice is in danger of overwhelming the defences of the legal profession and others with a vested interest. Its current occupant Chris Grayling hopes to have Royal Assent for his Criminal Justice and Courts Bill before the forthcoming deluge for the Tories in May 2015. With its press office on steroids, the latest changes proposed re J.P.s` responsibilities are reason enough to harden my convinction that there is a powerful unseen current determined to rid us completely from the courtroom. He proposes to placate our anticipated anger at our removal from that arena by ensconcing us as single magistrates in a back office with no public access to deal with more than three quarters of a million ‘low-level regulatory cases’, such as TV licence evasion and road tax evasion. But that is not enough for the weasels advising a Justice Secretary without a legal background. The bill also allows some summary-only, non-imprisonable offences to be dealt with by a single magistrate supported by a legal adviser out of the courtroom. These would include:-
alcohol sales offences s.146; sales to children
drunk and disorderly
some football related offences
public order s.5
It amazes me when many(most?) of our representatives refuse to acknowledge, at least in public, this unspoken agenda being prepared for our redeployment. The runes are in front of us. All they require is the minimal skill to read them.