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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Wednesday, 7 October 2015
SENTENCING GUIDELINES TOMORROW or COMPUTER SAYS NO
The new Sentencing Guideline on Theft to be implemented in February next year has taken itself to new heights of "sentence by numbers". In practical terms it is barely a whisper away from Michigan`s points system. Indeed in my inexpert opinion it lends itself to total digitisation; I doubt any competent programmer would find difficulty in producing a logarithm to give a bench or D.J. instant outcomes at the press of a couple of keys on the keyboard.
There are those who fail to see this changing face of justice and there are those who see it but don`t recognise it for what it really portends but the most disheartening factor of all is that there are many on and off the bench who do realise what the future holds but remain silent for reasons not always honourable IMHO of course.