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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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

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

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Prisons Again

The prisons crisis has not gone away. Despite early releases and a scramble to transfer prisoners to open establishments (that are not quite as full as the closed variety) London prisons are now regularly putting up the House Full notices. One day this week the last three prisoners did not leave my court until nearly 9 pm, and then they were being transferred to the cells at another courthouse. At times our contractors have to ship them out to the Midlands or West - anywhere there are a few spaces.
Watch out for further panic measures soon.