Friday, March 20, 2009

Workload Drops - No Surprise

Magistrates across the country are reporting a big drop in the number of cases coming through the courts. I took our remand court the other day and we were done at 1 p.m., something that was unheard of a few years back. This probably suits the MoJ agenda to reduce the number of courts, and is likely to be caused by the huge increase in behind-closed-doors 'justice' doled out by police and CPS.
We issued a warrant the other day for a man who had not complied fully with his Conditional Caution. The offence was ABH, and the conditions were to pay a small amount of compensation, to write a letter of apology (for God's sake!) and to attend a single alcohol counselling session. ABH is an either-way offence that carries up to six months inside or a £5000 fine before a magistrates' court, or a lot more in front of a judge and jury. That's not justice, it's a travesty.

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