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, 15 September 2015


It is widely accepted that for many people newspapers do not feature as their primary source of news whether it be local or national.  Although some instances of professional malpractice from architects to members of The Veterinary Zoological Society and those alphabetically in between are widely reported,  to ensure fair treatment such learned and/or disciplinary bodies publish their own publicly available reports and registers of transgressors` failings.  So after reading this report of the forced resignation of a district judge for what can only be described as the crassest of crass comments I searched the official site for the official report and lo! there was no report. A cursory read through of the matters which are reported shows that when resignation has taken place prior to a final decision, that is mentioned in the press statement.  Perhaps there are occasions when a deal is done for the resignation not to be reported and the problem goes away.  Unless the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office is way behind in its offerings to the public ex district judge Terence Hollingworth must be hoping not too many of his nearest and dearest read the Daily Mail. 

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