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 ten years whilst I was active I retain it now only as a literary device no longer actually using the term JP for any other purpose whatsoever.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Earlier this year on 12th January I commented unfavourably on McKenzie Friends. The Law Society Gazette has brought this topic once again to the attention of readers........and about time too. The MOJ, if it had its ear to the ground which apparently it hasn`t,  would have instructed  one of its minions in the judiciary to offer an opinion or even a direction on the subject but it has not.  With availability of legal aid being limited to an increasingly reduced number of defendants no doubt said ministry considers that any group however ill prepared for the task of  representation of alleged offenders is to be welcomed whatever its shortcomings if it is cheap enough and doesn`t affect its budget.  

We have seen this approach so many times it is repetitive to list.  Suffice to say it is a matter of some urgency that those involved are subject to regulation. The readers` comments are as  informative as the article.

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