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, 3 April 2015


Perhaps things are done differently in Northern Ireland at least according to this short report.  Some years ago I invited my winger to do a spot of quick interpreting for an unrepresented defendant and was roundly criticised afterwards by the L/A.  Perhaps somebody can explain the logic for an absolute discharge to be accompanied by the penalty points.  It`s certainly news to me.

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