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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Monday, 9 November 2015
MAGISTRATES THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Contempt of court is governed by the Contempt of Court Act 1981 s.12. A magistrates` court has power to deal with any person who wilfully insults the justices, any witnesses before the court, any officer of the court having business before the court either during a sitting or in going to or returning from court. In addition the Act applies to anyone who wilfully interrupts the proceedings of the court or otherwise misbehaves in court. IMHO not providing information legally required by the court constitutes contempt.
This was IMHO a grave error on the part of the bench and if some legal expert considers differently then we must face ourselves in the looking glass and wonder how we have lost sight of reality and are living in the world of Alice.