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.

Monday, August 13, 2007

A Wrong and Dangerous Trend

The Times is concerned about the enormous increase in the number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs). This is the Government's entirely bogus strategy for increasing the number of Offences Brought to Justice (OBTJs). Here is the news item.
Together with Conditional Cautions and other non-court disposals the police and CPS will increasingly take on the task of imposing sanctions on the populace. At the moment they rely on the fact that many people put £80 down to experience, reasoning that it is cheaper than taking a day off to go to court, and is not a conviction (but it does go on their PNC record and will be shown to any bench they appear before in the future).
Now watch for mission creep, as increasingly serious offences are dealt with behind closed doors.
It isn't justice.