Saturday, August 22, 2009

The TV on the wall is reading your fate.

Its been a bit mad lately with work. I have been gadding about all over the place.

However I was back in a Central London nick on one of those 'hurry up and wait' type jobs and after gorging on fried food and tea I found myself stuck for something to read. I discovered a copy of one of the local freebie newspapers and was intrigued by the headlines 'Fast-track justice is virtually ridiculous...

Reading on.. it appears that a good chunk of the local solicitors are boycotting the 'virtual courts'. The reason being they are not happy to sit next to the 'accused' in a room whilst they are sentenced via video link as they fear for their personal safety if the dispensed justice causes their client to react violently....

ha ha ha ha ha ...yeah right!

I found a web page later with the link

I have spent hours and hours and hours over the years waiting for the Reps in assorted police stations to finish with their clients.They are more than happy to sit for hours with the less than er...'respectable citizen' alone in a room whilst they concoct..sorry that may be considered ill judged..whilst they discuss their clients options.The first thirty minutes are usually down to completing the legal aid forms any way!

I am not sure if the 'virtual court system' will ever really alleviate the backlog at Courts but I am sure the reasons for the local Solicitors to boycott it are not down to personal safety fears but more a realisation that a one visit 'all done and dusted in a session' scenario affects the repeat fees as it drags through the courts

Cynical?.. yeah damn straight.... but I think a fair spin on it!


Blogger Crime Analyst said...

Hello there,

As a busy business blogger, I know how much of your time & effort yours must take. I enjoy reading your articles.

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I left the job as a DC with 10 years service back in 1989, to set up in business. I now jointly run a business called Nice 1 Ltd in the West Midlands, that promotes a national insurance product through 2000 brokers, motor manufacturers and dealers across the UK. (No promoting intended here!) Anyway, the policy provides a replacement vehicle for theft victims, so as you can imagine, it's proving popular. If you follow the website link it will take you to all our main site, (we run 6 in all!), so you can see what we're about.

I really sympathise with the guys serving now, the job seems to have become a thousand times more bureaucratic and bogged down since '89 with all the Home Office figure fudging etc... none of which can make the "job" any easier.

We have examined the case law closely and have found that there are simple ways to get the message out there that are within the law and eliminating the risk to the contributor.

We want to canvass as much support for the site as possible among the front line guys (and also the former, retired, civvies in fact anyone who can provide informed content).

The time is long overdue when political pressure and influence over day to day policing must be re-evaluated. All that it has brought is misdirected funding on expensive committees and planning, leaving nothing left in the pot for the real job of policing the streets.

I can understand if not everyone will feel comfortable participating. Sometimes we face tough decisions about careers, livelihoods, mortgages and the like. Anything that might affect that has to be given very serious consideration.

That is why we favour the anonymous route. YES, some commentators may suggest that issues and arguments are weakened by anonymity. However, there is an equally strong argument that crucial information to effect change that is greatly in the public interest, would otherwise never be seen in the public domain without anonymity.

We will be extremely careful NOT to publish specific detail about officers, forces, or geographic areas that are vulnerable. We are mindful that the criminal fraternity may also read some of our publications and would not wish to expose a vulnerable area to an even greater criminal threat.

Our motives are not-for-profit. Like yourselves, we simply want to raise public awareness and perhaps stimulate action from the right quarters to try and effect some positive change. This will be to all of our benefit, more especially, the tax paying citizens of which we are all included.

Please visit the site(s) have a look at what we're doing. We're completely open with our activity and open to conversation and information anonymously or otherwise. The choice is down to the individual.

Hope to see as many of you guys on our boards and posts in the near future.

Best wishes to you all, and if no one has said it recently, on behalf of the British public that DO support you fully, thank you for all your wonderful efforts.

Kind Regards


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Blogger Crime Analyst said...

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Comments from the front line welcome!

Kind Regards


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