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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

All in the Same Boat

I mentioned a while back that we had so far received no training of any sort about the Serious Organised Crime And Police Act (hereinafter referred to as SOCA) which makes sweeping changes to powers of arrest and search warrants among other things, and which has been in force since January 1st. Well, according to this policeman most police officers are no better informed than we are.

This is typical of the flood of ill-thought-out and hastily-introduced legislation that has been rushed through Parliament in recent years. If the Government spent a bit of time and money telling the police and the courts what their new laws meant, it would be really helpful.