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, 1 September 2017


The closure of hundreds of magistrates courts by the end of this parliament has enraged lawyers and magistrates not unnaturally but little is heard from disinterested 3rd parties. Of course it`s a perfect bandwagon for MPs to latch on to whatever their party but a fat lot of good they do in this regard when the decision is made before the ubiquitous "consultation" is promulgated. However the reporter of Devon Live gives his opinion as a layman on this subject.  It`s worth a look.

1 comment:

  1. The picture to this post is inaccurate. The Stockport and Tameside courthouses are both still open and fully operational. I know I sit there often enough.