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, 17 February 2016


An interesting case of what I would assume was contempt of court occurred recently at Burnley Crown Court.  The details could equally apply at a magistrates` court.  Given that if similar does occur at the lower court I doubt many, if any, experienced chairmen would be able to consider the matter without serious input from a senior legal advisor.  The report can be read here.

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