As far as I can gather Magistrates are just members of the public who volunteer for the role. That was the primary reason why the name of the magistrate was never reported. Maybe you have a different perspective but I find it bizarre that such a role is filled by a volunteer citizen. Even if they are well meaning and fairly intelligent surely they must lack the depth of legal knowledge that you’d get from a professional dedicated to only that role?
I’d personally sooner that an experienced professional death with such serious things – at least then we could hold them somewhat more accountable for their actions and decisions. I hope that the next time we see them in a court it will be in front of a proper judge and not some part time volunteer who maybe does it to fill their week.
As an outsider looking in it just strikes me that its a cheap way for the Government to plug a gap in the justice system.
That’s not to say that a professional judge always gives the right call, far from it. However as a point of principle I still feel that you are better placed with an experienced professional in that field than an amateur. Just as you would sooner have a real police officer and not some ‘special constable’.
It makes absolutely zero sense to me whatsoever that no mainstream party have recently decided to include a “get tough” policy on certain crimes. I’ve thought it over and over and if any party openly announced they would campaign for 5 year prison terms for anyone convicted of such things then the biggest % of the public would support them on that.
There are basically three categories of criminal that the public feel offenders are treated far too leniently over.
When have you honestly heard anyone saying “That guy that got convicted for rape – they should have given him a shorter sentence”..?
When would you ever get anyone saying “That guy caught with 20,000 child porn images – courts were a bit harsh on him”..?
Exactly and precisely WHO would advocate for those two pukes if they had gotten 5yrs? Would the public riot in the streets in protest at these two superheroes being incarcerated? Would people maybe go on hunger strike until they were let go? No and no. No one would care if they got sent down for 5years other than to celebrate it.
Surely a justice system must be JUST be definition? And yet ours patently isn’t.
How can it be just to put brand new neighbours at risk from these beasts?
How can it be just to suddenly place all their children and pets at greater risk than they were before the three roaches moved in?
How can it be just to keep spending so much tax payers money to enable and finance their tagging, their house moves, etc?
How can it be just to place them under a house curfew when they actually committed those crimes in the house?
It cannot be just. Your system is broken and until it is fixed then there will be more beasts and more victims of beasts.
It is imperative that society sets a higher bar. The justice system is a man made entity. Its not organic like the sun. It can be changed and it has been changed many times before. It can change again.
Dog fighting was once legal in this country and so was child labour. Those things are obviously illegal now and have been for a long time. There was no such thing as rape within a marriage at one time. Now rape within a marriage would be investigated like any other.
Dog fighting was made illegal in the UK in 1835
Under the Factory Act, textile factories were ordered to provide at least two hours of education daily for children under the age of 13. Further legislation limiting child labour in factories was introduced in 1844, 1847, 1850, 1853 and 1867.
1991, rape within marriage became a crime. The 2003 Sexual Offences Act clarified the law, giving consent a legal definition in England and Wales.
Since 1 July 2007 smoking had been banned in all enclosed public places in England including pubs, bars and restaurants. A smoking ban in England, making it illegal to smoke in all enclosed work places in England, came into force on 1 July 2007 as a consequence of the Health Act 2006.
Handguns were effectively banned after the Dunblane school massacre in 1996. Dunblane was the UK’s first and only school shooting.
Justa few examples of quite significant legal changes spanning a century or so.
Legal changes are often have a cascading influence and alter the social expectation.
I guess the proper term for this would be a bill. This next bit is really quite dull but good to know;
What is a Bill?
A Bill is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to change an existing law, that is presented for debate before Parliament.
What are the different stages of a Bill?
Bills can start in either House but go through similar stages – though with important differences in each House – and must be approved by both Houses before they become law.
How many Bills did the Lords handle last session?
How long does a Bill take to go through the Lords?
The length of time for a Bill to go through the Lords – and Commons – varies as each Bill is treated as an individual case.
There you have it. If you want to raise the current sentencing reach from 51weeks maximum you would need a Bill to be approved by both “houses” and the time span varies depending on the case. A handy cop out for them to take as long as possible when it suits and drag their heels.
It goes without saying and is only natural that the more of a public storm is created over a given thing the more likely those in power would be to take it seriously and get their backsides into gear. If they were really of a mind to they could likely make and implement changes in super fast time.
Why not just do it? There’s every moral and ethical reason to do so and no good reason not to. To not do so would make them almost as bad as the perpetrators themselves.