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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Friday, 2 June 2017


Unsurprisingly my comments here are often critical of one or more parts of the justice system, of how it operates and where its operatives from high court judges to litter wardens have made decisions which are of interest usually because of their ineptness. It is therefore a change to report of a case earlier this week where a habitual criminal charged with robbing a High Court judge , refused to plead or offer any defence and even  refused to enter the courtroom.  Yet he was acquitted.  In other words the prosecution failed to persuade the jury beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant had committed the crime for which he had been charged. This is a ray of hope that the concept of innocent until proved guilty still resonates whatever  odds are stacked against a defendant.


  1. We can only speculate as to why he was acquitted. One possibility that springs to mind is a juror with personal experience of the Criminals' Justice System, who just crossed their arms and chuckled when they discovered the victim's profession.

  2. A travisty of justice IMHO. The jury should be ashamed of themselves. Can only be that a member with some knowledge of CJS nobbled his less worldly colleagues and frustrated justice. Oh for the American system where jurors's names are known and they can be interviewed by the media afterwards. Bit tongue in cheek but you know what I mean!