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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Family Business

Frances Hoare succeeded Johanna Senior as Chairman of the National Bench Chairmen's Forum on January 1.

This rather bald announcement on the Judiciary website speaks for itself. What it does not say is that the National Bench Chairmen's Forum is becoming increasingly important in passing the views of ordinary JPs to those running the system, and is seen in some quarters as being a bit less cosy than the Magistrates' Association is sometimes said to be. It also does not say that Frances, whom I know, is the daughter of the late Lord Hailsham, sometime Lord Chancellor.