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Getting rid of the court system?

March 30, 2006
BBC NEWS Politics Speeding crimes go out of court
Is this the start of the demise of the current legal system in this country? Some may say that the system went down many years ago, but regardless of that, it is the one we all have to work with.
Mr Shrek is setting up bulk handling centres to deal with minor traffic violations, to avoid them cluttering up the court system. Seems a good idea in principle, but you just know it isn’t going to work properly.
Just think back for a moment. CSA, Income Tax, Child Tax Credits, ID cards, Immigration.
Some of the failures that we have had to endure as a result governments changing systems.
If you read the story, one of the comments from the Lord Chancellor is that driving without insurance will not be dealt with by this system, as the offence is (in Lord Falconer’s words) a “serious offence” Yep, that’s right, so serious that convicted offenders get to pay a fine that is less than the amount of the insurance premium they would have had to pay if they had bothered to get a quote. Who says crime doesn’t pay?
The Lord Chancellor has put his career on the line by stating his opposition to any plans to do away with the current adversarial system of justice and replacing it with the French inquisitorial system. If he’s voiced his opposition to a government proposal, his days are numbered.
What’s the betting that this new system becomes the responsibility of the police? Then, when it all goes Pete Tong, the Home Secretary can blame the police, rather than carry the can himself. The public will accuse the police of penalising motorists and our public opinion ratings drop another few notches.
Somebody needs to remind the Home Secretary is that the role of the police is to prevent and detect crime and not to punish offenders. That role belongs in the courts and love ’em or hate ’em, it is where the punishment should stay. The police need to retain some independence from the judicial system, to ensure there is a fair and balanced review of each case.
And when will the media stop calling Sir Ian Blair “Britain’s top policeman”? When did he last arrest anyone? If he was on my team, I would be asking some serious questions about his capabilities. He doesn’t lock anyone up, never puts any intelligence in and is always getting complaints. The bloke is a complete liability.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    March 31, 2006 12:38

    I don’t see how this is any different to the current system, at least as far as speeding is concerned.

    At the moment, you get an FPN dealth with by an administration centre, and the otion to go to court if you want to plead not guilty.

    That’s exactly what he’s proposing isn’t it?


  2. Lennie Briscoe permalink
    April 2, 2006 15:06

    Its all a load of bollox anyway. If we had worthy punishments that were propperly enforced then people would be disuaded from breaking the law in the first place…. Creating a new bulk handling system is a bodge on a bodge job and is doomed to fail before it even starts. Dam politicians…fix the real problem!!!!

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