This is the first of a few visits that we hope to make to the Magistrates’ Court during the shrieval year. The administration of justice all starts in the Magistrates’ Court. It is important that justice is available locally. This concept is under threat and needs defending.
We were impressed by the mix of firmness and compassion. The Magistrates are a volunteer force applying their common sense and humanity to the task of dealing with a wide range of cases, from the wicked to the sad. It is not clear that they always have the right remedies at their disposal.
We should be grateful for their work and give them full support.