Thursday, December 15, 2005


Cindy Barnett, the newly-elected Chairman of the Magistrates' Association, whom I know quite well, is interviewed in the Telegraph today Cindy

I entirely agree with her caution about giving quasi-judicial powers to an ever-increasing range of functionaries. Judges and magistrates are not just there to punish the guilty, but also to protect the citizen from oppression. Today's political climate favours efficiency and throughput as priorities for the justice system. I prefer justice, and so, I know, does Cindy Barnett.

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