Justice Minister To Call For Magistrates To Take Larger Role

In a speech to magistrates justice minister Damian Green will defend the view that more had to be done so that magistrates become as useful as they have to be.

He will try to assure them that whenever cases are heard in the appropriate courts they run easier and with fewer problems.Do you know that The Legal Stop now offers court representation service?

Mr. Green will also mention the fact that a magistrate could sentence four out of ten defendants sent to the crown court.

“Around 40% of defendants that are convicted in magistrates courts and then committed to the crown court for custodial sentences receive no more than six months’ imprisonment,” he will say. “These are cases which magistrates could have sentenced; no, these are cases which magistrates should have sentenced; they already have the skills, capability and powers to do so.”

Such a change would contribute to the plan of the government to make UK courts work more efficiently.

Other part of the reforms will be the introduction of dedicated traffic courts, the aim of which will be to attend low-level traffic offences.

He is at the opinion that three magistrates should not lose their time for people who even do not turn up at court in the end. The proposal of Mr. Green is that an office and only one magistrate are just enough in similar cases.

Before the speech he shared his view that nowadays magistrates dealt with cases with are below their standards and potentialities.

“They volunteer to give their skills, expertise and time for the good of others, for nothing. We are lucky to have them, and we should be proud of them.”