The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I Entirely Agree, Your Lordship

The Lord Chief Justice recently spoke:-

He also took a swipe at newspapers that he said had an agenda “to persuade the public that judges are soft on crime, that no prison sentence is long enough and that a sentence which does not involve imprisonment is no sentence at all. The only purposes of sentencing which they recognise are punishment and deterrence; rehabilitation does not enter the picture.”

The tabloid press has, in my view, had a nasty and corrosive effect on public debate and perceptions about crime. A constant repetition of untruths and misrepresentation has led too many people to have a seriously distorted view of justice.