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, 25 August 2014

ONE LAW FOR THEM.........?



There were about 524,000 summonses for motoring offences last year.  Those who plead not guilty by post are summonsed to attend for trial.  For those who notify the court that the proposed date is unsuitable and indicate any future unsuitable date eg for pre booked holiday, an adjournment will  usually be granted.  Well; that`s the usual procedure.  The purpose is to pursue speedy, simple, summary justice.  But if you`re a famous cricketer it seems more favourable terms can be declared.  In this case, from the limited report,  it appears that the defendant   is doing the court a favour.  One law for them............?  And what are the odds that a District Judge will be allocated this case when it does eventually come to trial?

2 comments:

  1. I think that you are misreading the newspaper report - the only way the court would want to see him is if he faces disqualification, not for the heinous crime of driving at 17mph over the national limit or to have a celebrity moment (and no selfies in court, of course), but as a potential totter.

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  2. Those who plead not guilty by post are summonsed to attend for trial. For those who notify the court that the proposed date is unsuitable and indicate any future unsuitable date eg for pre booked holiday, an adjournment will usually be granted. case management software

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