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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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

HMCTS PUBLISHES ITS OWN COURT REPORTS

It seems that HMCTS is soon going to roll out its own news service re results from magistrates` courts.  West Sussex Magistrates` Court would appear to be the first area in  unannounced pilot scheme. See previous posts. This is an iniquitous step when local media for one reason or another abrogate the task of local reporting.  HMCTS will in theory  be solely responsible for public news. That in theory and practice is bad for democratic freedom of information. 

2 comments:

  1. This is the first step on a very slippery slope - history tells us that with so many examples. It is NOT the job of HMCTS to use any of its' vast resources to attempt to 'promote' its' business by this method. Does that mean that they have a cut a deal with the local press that they will accept these press releases and print them? Does money change hands? If so how much? And has the new head of HMCTS ever contacted you like she promised? The silence is deafening.

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  2. Agreed. Somehow we need reporters at courts, reporting all this. we need restrictions lifted. We must of course protect the children, so we need to make provision for anonymising reports. If the press were recording everything, maybe the court could produce the transcript of the judgement, and then maybe the press could confirm that the transcript is accurate?

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