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.

Friday, September 18, 2009

If Only....

This letter in the Times will strike a chord with many magistrates and court users. Sadly, we are almost certainly too far down the road of change to turn back, but it is depressing to recall what has been lost in the rush to standardise the courts and to bring them under Civil Service, hence Government, control.