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, 6 June 2016


Last Thursday 2nd June I posted on the recently completed selection procedure for judges.  It seems that the MOJ might have miscalculated supply and demand.  Whilst to the man on the fabled Clapham omnibus judicial salaries might appear to be an unobtainable  small fortune, to those aspiring beaks who currently inhabit the ranks of the legal profession the numbers are just not enticing enough to make the move from appearing in front of the bench to sitting upon it.  In two regions crown court cases have been postponed owing to the lack of suitably qualified judges; in East Anglia and Kent

On all fronts our judicial system seems to have more problems than can be solved. With there no longer being a level legal playing field and equality of legal arms now a part of history perhaps we should allow for trial by combat.

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