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, 11 November 2015


The House of Commons and its committees are where we expect our law makers to use precise language supposedly to project their precise thinking patterns. The M.P.s participating are taught to be wary of the usage of their linguistic skills or lack thereof so that members can always be described as "honourable".  Sadly such skill is not always demonstrated. 

A recent written question by Dawn Butler M.P. indicates at least on the surface that she does not understand that magistrates as members of the judiciary don`t prosecute:  they are  finders of fact in the courts that bear their name.  It is carelessness like this on a much grander scale which is responsible for so much loosely drafted legislation which the judicial system has to later decipher.   Sometimes meaning more is more meaningless.

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