The Justice of the Peace[magistrate`s] Blog Blog Posts

  • HALF A MILLION VIEWS AND I HAVE NOW MOVED TO BLOGSPOT
    on Aug 23, 2013
    Thank you to all visitors who have made this blog worthwhile by spending a few minutes from time to time reading my observations. Today this blog originally hosted at BLOG.CO.UK is being closed owing to the host`s techie problems and all future post...
  • UNCHECKED CORRUPTION BEGETS CONSPIRACY THEORIES
    on Aug 22, 2013
    My colleagues and I are generally law abiding citizens past, present and in the vast majority of cases, future. Those whose behaviour transgresses even to an extent which could be described only as “inappropriate” risk removal from the magi...
  • AN ANOMALY
    on Aug 21, 2013
    Doing any repetitive job however complex, rigorous, intricate, detailed, specific, taxing or complex can, over many years, lead to the burying of unusual cases deep in the sub conscious mind. It was only during a casual retiring room discussion rece...
  • INCREASED PENALTY POINTS NOT INCREASED FINES WOULD DETER BAD DRIVING HABITS
    on Aug 19, 2013
    It can be argued that for much low level offending the justice system can be truncated for the purpose simply to punish and deter. Rehabilitation and concern for any victim can safely be considered as inappropriate and unnecessary. Into this cate...
  • A GOOD DAY
    on Aug 17, 2013
    My sitting this week was somewhat unusual. We actually entered the court room at 10.00a.m. and next saw the retiring room at 1.15p.m. Those unfamiliar with behind the scenes at a magistrates` court have a right to utter, “So what`s so special abo...
  • I WILL BE MOVING
    on Aug 16, 2013
    It is not unlikely that by the beginning of September this blog will move permanently to http://thejusticeofthepeaceblog.blogspot.co.uk/ I would ask, therefore, that readers now follow my blog at that site. Comments...
  • GIVE AND TAKE
    on Aug 16, 2013
  • MR MAGOO AND THE MAGISTRATES ASSOCIATION
    on Aug 15, 2013
    On July 30th I posted that Justice Minister Damian Green was to address a meeting the subject of which would be “Reforming the Role of Magistrates”. Amongst my observations I wrote, “Of one thing we can be sure: this so called “event” will...
  • ROAD HOGS
    on Aug 13, 2013
    We all know the phrase, “an accident waiting to happen” which generally means that an unpleasant or unnecessary event or events is highly predictable. At a time when many of the agencies providing input to the magistrates` courts are running on...
  • BACK UP AT BLOGSPOT
    on Aug 12, 2013
    In order to safeguard the future and continuity of this blog, owing to occasional difficulties with the host blog.uk, from today I will be placing identical posts on this address as a back up. Comments...
  • A LITTLE FED UP
    on Aug 12, 2013
    Last month, two weeks after confirming an extra sitting, I turned up for that sitting to be told I had not been listed. Eventually a court was found where I could be of some use because it was admitted the back office had made another mistake and a...
  • A PERFECT STORM
    on Aug 10, 2013
    There are only a few occasions when what is delightfully described as a “perfect storm” occurs. The film of that name where I first heard the term showed in vivid imagery just what catastrophe can happen when a series of apparently unrelated or...
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE
    on Aug 9, 2013
    Apparently there has been a suspicion that this site is affected by malware. In conjunction with the site hosts we are not aware of any such infestation and trust that readers will continue to read and be informed and perhaps occasionally amused.
  • TICK BOXES NOT REQUIRED
    on Aug 8, 2013
    Whenever I look at the notice board when I arrive for a sitting and find that I am listed for a non CPS court I allow myself just a glimpse of an inner smile. To a large degree work based on CPS prosecutions whether trial or sentencing is to a cert...
  • A QUART FROM A PINT
    on Aug 7, 2013
    When I was appointed there were certainly amongst the assorted multitude of worthies many I mentally considered as ladies who lunch but for “lunch” substitute “sit”. They constituted only a small percentage of the total coterie of females o...
  • s.3ZB ROAD TRAFFIC ACT
    on Aug 6, 2013
    Two years ago I posted on a topic which does not directly concern the magistrates` court but I considered of some importance:- the offence of causing death by driving when unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured under The Road Safety Act 2006 created b...
  • TALES OF HUBRIS, HYPOCRISY AND HYSTERIA
    on Aug 5, 2013
    My post of July 13th could be interpreted as a plea for simplicity: that those in various powerful positions should simply be able to be trusted. Four days later IS THE BARREL FULL OF ROTTEN APPLES? described a situation where a judge with whom I...
  • THE ENFORCERS
    on Aug 3, 2013
    It is believed by some who know more than I that one in seven of the former East Germany`s population was in some manner employed or used by the Stasi (secret police) to report on the comings and goings of their neighbours and operate in general as e...
  • COMING OR GOING?
    on Aug 2, 2013
    In my home office taking up far too much space is my personal J.P. lever arch folder in which I store everything about doing this job correctly; everything that is never mentioned at training sessions, pre court reviews or post court reviews. It con...
  • NO COURT TODAY; I`M OFF ON HOLIDAY
    on Aug 1, 2013
    Odd goings on at Yesminister Magistrates` Court where the Chief Magistrate declared himself “mystified” over the non appearance of defendant ex M.P. and minister Dennis MacShane.....one law for them and one law for them. Read all about it. No...
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