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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Tuesday, 16 June 2015


I have to admit in my arrogance that I thought I had  been aware of most of the statistics published on disposals for various offences etc. etc.  Some were  difficult to source, some statistics ceased to be collected and some eg assaults in a domestic context or the numbers of unrepresented defendants are not collected.  But the details published yesterday on  unduly lenient sentences were a revelation.  I make no observations but leave that to readers.

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