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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Thursday, 20 April 2017


Lesson one for new magistrates:- do not talk to the media.  It`s that simple. Of course there are so called rules which define the limits of expressing opinions to same but those who`ve been around for a while understand that unless you were in Kingston or Barry or similar situations and your court was being closed and you vented a portion of your spleen to the local journal the chances were that you would be brought before the headmaster and duly chastised.  So often it is the retired J.P. who makes known his/her opinion on a legal topic in the press, TV or social media. Thus it is that the former Chairman of the Bench in Bradford has castigated the Appeal Court for second guessing an original sentence passed by  HHJ Roger Thomas QC the Honorary Recorder of Bradford.The offender`s sentence was reduced from 6 months to 4 months custody.

Ms Carroll is a wise and experienced individual.  There are many more of her ilk active and retired.  More of them should speak up when the situation demands.  Justices of the Peace are told that they are full members of the judiciary (junior branch). But they are a race apart.  They are volunteers with incomes derived outwith the MOJ.  They are often experienced professionals or tradespeople in their own right. Yet they are treated as little better than school children by the authorities in their ivory tower in Petty France controlled by an increasingly reactionary Ministry of Justice which appears at times more interested in its press releases than common sense in trying to remember when the British justice system was held in such high regard world wide.  Would that were the case now notwithstanding the opportunities afforded by Brexit.


  1. It's me again but I couldn't resist this one! Petty France will go through the process with the end result that she will be stripped of her judicial title for having the temerity to question what goes on in her local area. Or will they take note and realise that everything she has said makes perfect sense to those in the locality where they have a very serious problem. And all caused buy the Appeal Court feeling that it needed to do 'something'. They had no need at all to deal with this minor issue in this way they did and if Petty France does indeed pursue her then it might very well start a movement from disgruntled JPs and the like who have nothing to lose.

    1. Always a pleasure to read your erudite comments

  2. You are 100% correct Too old JP.
    It will start with a conduct investigation, which is not an investigation.
    The kangaroo court will go through the motions and then take the draconian action irrespective of the rights or wrongs of her actions.