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 09, 2008

Now There's a Surprise

It emerged yesterday that a £244million project to monitor dangerous criminals has collapsed in yet another Whitehall IT disaster.

The "C-Nomis" computer system was supposed to share information between prison and probation staff to allow newly-freed convicts to be properly supervised.

Work on the project was frozen last summer after costs more than doubled to £155million.

It will now be introduced in a watered-down format in prisons only, the Government said yesterday.

When I go to court later this week and contemplate the peeling paint, the often-unserviceable heating system, the cutback in the number of ushers, the merging of our operations with other courts miles away, and the clampdown on legal aid, I may just wonder how useful £155 million quid might have been. Those responsible for this fiasco will suffer no penalty. The penalties will be paid by low-level court staff and the everyday court user.