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 team, who may or may not be JPs, but all of whom are interested in the Magistrates' Courts.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

These Lads Don't Miss Much

Next month the new rules for Legal Aid will be introduced. The aim is to save about £35 million per year, but that is within the potential margin of error, in the view of many practitioners. One big worry is that getting means information from defendants will be difficult, and that will cause delay in the courts, just as the efforts put in over recent years are starting to pay off.

Circulars are going out at the moment to players in the system, and here is a priceless extract:-

Adopting a weighted scale of this sort allows for a much more meaningful comparison of relative incomes. In practice, it allows us to recognise, for example, that a couple with dependent children will need a higher income to achieve the same standard of living as a couple with no children.

So that's all right then.