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NewJudge
post Tue, 24 Mar 2020 - 13:17
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I posted this as a reply to a specific question in "speeding etc." but it may be useful here:

"All Magistrates' Courts outside London have been cancelled today (24th March). London has made some arrangements of its own which I'm not privy to. I imagine this will last at least until the end of this week or until some different arrangements can be devised. It may be of interest to learn that magistrates are among the "key workers" that were mentioned when the schools closed last week and so can send their children to school. Quite how this works in practice is a little unclear because magistrates cannot legally sit for more than 50 days a year and the average is about 25. Whether they can only send their children to school on their sitting days or every day, I don't know."
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post Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 09:50
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QUOTE (NewJudge @ Tue, 24 Mar 2020 - 13:17) *
I posted this as a reply to a specific question in "speeding etc." but it may be useful here:

"All Magistrates' Courts outside London have been cancelled today (24th March). London has made some arrangements of its own which I'm not privy to. I imagine this will last at least until the end of this week or until some different arrangements can be devised. It may be of interest to learn that magistrates are among the "key workers" that were mentioned when the schools closed last week and so can send their children to school. Quite how this works in practice is a little unclear because magistrates cannot legally sit for more than 50 days a year and the average is about 25. Whether they can only send their children to school on their sitting days or every day, I don't know."


I wander what % of magistrates have children or children living at home.


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QUOTE (Mayhem007 @ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 09:50) *
I wander what % of magistrates have children or children living at home.

Regrettably few I'd imagine, given their demographics. However a disproportionate number are probably in the higher risk age brackets.


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post Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 11:19
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I was thinking, what happens to people remanded in custody by the police? Under normal circumstances, at worst the police could keep you locked up for about 4 days if you were arrested around lunch time on a Saturday that falls on 23 December, as the next available court sitting would be 27 December. But now, anyone arrested who isn't either bailed or released under investigation is going to be in custody for, well, indefinitely?


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post Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 11:24
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QUOTE (cp8759 @ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 11:19) *
I was thinking, what happens to people remanded in custody by the police? Under normal circumstances, at worst the police could keep you locked up for about 4 days if you were arrested around lunch time on a Saturday that falls on 23 December, as the next available court sitting would be 27 December. But now, anyone arrested who isn't either bailed or released under investigation is going to be in custody for, well, indefinitely?

I would imagine they will still be produced (via video link if the legislation allows).


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QUOTE (southpaw82 @ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 11:24) *
QUOTE (cp8759 @ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 11:19) *
I was thinking, what happens to people remanded in custody by the police? Under normal circumstances, at worst the police could keep you locked up for about 4 days if you were arrested around lunch time on a Saturday that falls on 23 December, as the next available court sitting would be 27 December. But now, anyone arrested who isn't either bailed or released under investigation is going to be in custody for, well, indefinitely?

I would imagine they will still be produced (via video link if the legislation allows).

You would hope so but the practicalities of doing it for every remanded prisoner in the country are going to be a real challenge. The Supreme Court attempted a video-hearing yesterday and it turned out to be a bit of a disaster with audio and video cutting out for different SCJs.


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DJ(MC), prosecutor and duty solicitor set up in the custody block laugh.gif


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QUOTE (southpaw82 @ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 12:57) *
DJ(MC), prosecutor and duty solicitor set up in the custody block laugh.gif

Please ensure that cameras are switched off, and I will insist on silence in court!
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