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, 17 September 2015


Once again that invaluable processor of  events in parliament  They Work For You has provided information from exchanges in that august but broken down place which in their own way are a microcosm of what some would show is the essence of our democracy and others the need for a complete change of approach.

The arguments for the destruction of the magistrates` courts system......and there is no other term that could be more accurately descriptive........are neatly laid out in yesterday`s debate in Westminster Hall on the situation of such courts in Suffolk.  All the spurious assertions that technology is the answer to all the criticisms are clearly recited.  No amount of persuasion is going to alter the final result.

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