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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Thursday, 25 September 2014


It is my opinion that maladministration in my court has increased measurably since 2012 and substantially since HMCS took over from the days of magistrates` courts` committees.  The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice on ineffective trials add more weight to that opinion. In 2013  there were 155,087 trials in magistrates` courts of which 27,247  (17.6%) were ineffective.  Of these ineffective trials  7,640 were owing to court maladministration; i.e. just under 5%  of the total trials  and 28% of the ineffective trials.    The 2nd quarter of this year shows that that  last number has risen to 29% and 18% of the total number of trials were ineffective.  In other words the problem is becoming worse.  I wonder if Chris Grayling will be braying about this most obvious indicator of his ability to undermine our justice system in magistrates` courts.  He will of course argue that the numbers are marginally better than 2006 before staff numbers in the courts and the CPS were decimated by the current administration.  Just how far he is prepared to go is indicated every day  by what he has done and is doing  to the probation service and our system of legal aid.   

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