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, 10 November 2014

NOT BEFORE TIME



There have been many occasions here when I have criticised, rightly IMHO, those representing the magistracy as being ineffective status seekers who were more or less lap dogs to government seemingly kowtowing with little resistance to our downgrading by the weasels at HMCTS.  Well; it seems that the current chairman of the Magistrates Association Richard Monkhouse has decided to bite back..........and not before time.  Today`s Independent carries an article in which he gives that oh so Liberal Simon Hughes, recently appointed Justice Minister, some home truths although for a statistician I think he has his arithmetic wrong by 16.5% but who am I to get the sums right with my A Level maths at only a B.


“We have the evidence that in the last 10 years we have reduced the proportion of the prison population sentenced by magistrates from 6 per cent to 4 per cent. That may not seem very much but that’s a 50 per cent reduction in the number of people who aren’t going to prison who were going to prison 10 years ago.”



Anyway more of this sort of combative argument is not before time.

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