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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Sunday, 20 September 2015


Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Utilisation rates for Hartlepool, Teesside and England and Wales are provided below:
Property Name2010-112011-122012-132013-142014-15
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and County Court70%43%50%44%49%
Teesside Magistrates’ Court78%76%80%68%58%
England and Wales Magistrates' Court average59%63%63%51%46%
This shows that nationally Magistrates’ Courts are used for less than half of their available hearing time.

The above was published September 18th but the numbers cannot be taken seriously.  The definition of "utilsation rate" of magistrates` courts  is as obscure as the definition of "abracadabra" notwithstanding the reasons for their  apparent inefficiency which are often as a result of  failing performances of government`s own agencies; i.e. HMCTS, CPS and Victim Support. Once again the only magic here is MOJ spin. 

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