A day in the life of a South London magistrates’ court #Justice @MoJGovUK


It’s obvious there’s room for improvement in our legal system.

Victims Unite!

This entry was written by former magistrate Penelope Gibbs who created the charity Transform Justice. She specialises in Litigants in Person who defend themselves in criminal courts where liberty is at stake, rather than civil courts, where the issue is ‘only’ money.

One of the surprising things I learned from Penelope is that Litigants who pay their lawyers privately do NOT get their ‘costs’ back when they win.

That ‘game’ is only played by publicly employed lawyers. No wonder our experienced McKenzie Friends talk about the ‘public gravy train’.

A day in the life of a South London magistrates’ court

I spend a lot of time reading accounts of court life on twitter and blogs, but its a salutary experience to see it first hand.  I spent the day this week in a South London magistrates’ court and many things struck me.

1) the court is theoretically open, but…

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