Magistrates are volunteers who hear cases in courts in their community. They can hear cases in the criminal court, the family court, or both.
Each case is usually heard by 3 magistrates, including a magistrate who is trained to act as a chairperson.
A legal adviser in the court gives advice on the law and makes sure the magistrates follow the right procedures.
My first visit to Kingston upon
Thames, interviewing staff. Looks like a very attractive place to work, albeit a drab grey day.
Scientists have long known that there’s much more to our experience than the five senses (or ‘outward wits’) described by Aristotle – hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste. Yet the myth of five senses persists, perhaps because a clearer understanding of our sensory experience at the neurological level has only recently started to take shape. In this instalment of Aeon’s In Sight series, the British philosopher Barry C Smith argues that the multisensory view of human experience that’s currently emerging in neuroscience could make philosophising about our senses much more accurate, and richer, allowing philosophers to complement the work of scientists in important ways. But first, philosophy must catch up to the major advances being made in brain science
Link to video: here
A view from the cheap seats | The Transparency Project
— Read on www.transparencyproject.org.uk/a-view-from-the-cheap-seats/
The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of measures to keep UK users safe online.
— Read on www.gov.uk/government/consultations/online-harms-white-paper
The House of Commons Justice Committee has blamed government failure for the dramatic fall in magistrate numbers in England and Wales.
The committee says the recent shortfall is “as frustrating as it was foreseeable” and that it has taken a “near crisis” to prompt the government into acting.
In 2016, the committee warned the government that magistrates faced unresolved issues that related to their role, workload and morale, with serious recruitment and training problems being the main factor.
How to volunteer as a magistrate, who can and can’t apply, the application form, and what magistrates do in court
— Read on www.gov.uk/become-magistrate
As part of a transformation programme, the London borough of Sutton has introduced a new way of delivering social work. Steering away from box-ticking, the council’s new approach is more personal and effective
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/sutton-social-care/2019/jun/03/restorative-practice-improving-the-quality-of-frontline-social-work
Official home of VictimFocus and Jessica Eaton. Dedicated to fighting victim blaming of adults and children who have been affected by sexual violence, abuse and trauma. Delivering consultancy, training, psychology of abuse, resources and e-learning for professionals and public all over the world.
— Read on victimfocus.org.uk/resources-for-professionals
Accessible Summary: Women with learning disabilities living on locked wards – Centre for Disability Research (CeDR)
— Read on wp.lancs.ac.uk/cedr/2018/05/16/women-with-learning-disabilities-living-on-locked-wards/
“Attachment theory, which was first proposed in the 1950s by the British psychoanalyst John Bowlby, is one of the most influential in psychology. It argues for the importance of our earliest relationships with our caregivers, and predicts that these formative bonds will shape the nature of our connections with other people for the rest of our lives. Remarkably, however, psychologists still know relatively little about how people’s attachment style – essentially their characteristic style of relating to other people – typically varies through life. “How do attachment orientations change across the life span? Unfortunately … this critical question has eluded researchers,” write William Chopik and colleagues in their recently published paper in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.”
— Read on digest.bps.org.uk/2019/05/09/first-study-to-investigate-how-attachment-style-changes-through-multiple-decades-of-life/amp/
Call for inquiry into abusive parents’ access to children – BBC News
— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-48230618
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is supporting the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
— Read on news.met.police.uk/news/met-encouraging-lgbt-plus-community-to-report-cases-of-hate-crime-to-police-369323
- The Care and Support Guidance 2014 explains how councils should assess a person’s financial contribution. It says:
- People with care and support needs are free to spend their income and assets as they see fit, including making gifts to family and friends. This is important for promoting their well-being and enabling them to live fulfilling and independent lives. However, it is also important that people pay their fair contribution towards their care and support costs;
- There are some cases where a person may have tried to deliberately avoid paying for care and support costs through depriving themselves of assets, either capital or income. In such cases, the Council may either charge the person as if they still possessed the asset or, if the asset has been transferred to someone else, seek to recover the lost income from that person;
- The person must have known they needed care and support. Avoiding charges must have been a significant motivation in the timing of the disposal of the asset. The person must also have expected to have to make contributions towards his or her care charges.
You can read the full details here
Justices reject appeal despite Lord Wilson saying impact of cap was ‘undoubtedly harsh’
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/15/lone-parents-lose-benefits-cap-challenges-supreme-court
Vulnerable children are being locked up in B&Bs and caravans as swingeing funding cuts mean local councils are unable to place them in formal care settings, critics have warned. Hundreds of those affected – some as young as 10 – who are at risk of exploitation are becoming “completely invisible”, as they are incarcerated in unregulated accommodation due to a lack of secure
— Read on www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/children-locked-up-cuts-b-and-bs-funding-commissioner-report-england-a8915636.html
An investigation has begun into a major care provider after police were called in over alleged psychological and physical abuse of patients with learning disabilities at one of its homes. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said inspectors would be reviewing these and similar services run by the NHS contractor Cygnet Health Care across the country – and appealed for anyone with
— Read on www.independent.co.uk/news/health/care-home-abuse-care-learning-disability-cygnet-whorlton-hall-durham-cqc-a8908081.html
Changes to the UK Immigration Rules relating to partnerships
— Read on uklgig.org.uk/
Disruption tactics for those working to safeguard children and young people under the age of 18 from sexual and criminal exploitation.
— Read on www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-exploitation-disruption-toolkit
NHS fines for 1.7 million people overturned, watchdog finds – BBC News
— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-48252897
Having explored this important and growing problem, RSA welcomes many of the recommendations to try and better support children who are excluded from school and children from groups who are more likely to be excluded:
- children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- children with speech, language and communication difficulties
- children from disadvantaged backgrounds
- children who have received support from social care
- children with a ‘Child in Need’ plan.
Project Future is a community-based holistic wellbeing and mental health service jointly funded by Big Lottery, Comic Relief, NHS England, Haringey Council and other private funders. It was set up to work with young men aged 16-25 with experiences of the criminal justice system, specifically those exposed to serious youth violence or labelled “gang-affiliated”. It aims to improve young people’s wellbeing, access to services, and education, employment and training opportunities with the long-term aim of reducing marginalisation and offending.
Read more here (published by Justice Innovation
BBC News – ‘We were bullied out of our home for being different’
BBC News – ‘Trash Girl’ Nadia Sparkes moves schools over bullying
Jon Adams was 52 when he learned he had Asperger syndrome. As adult referrals rise, he and others explain the impact – good and bad – of a late diagnosis
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/19/autism-diagnosis-late-in-life-asperger-syndrome-john-harris
Junior doctor Carrie Adams had her baby taken away when she was a day old. Now she has won the right to reveal what happened to her.
Now, with the BMA’s help, she has won the right to reveal what happened to her.
— Read on www.bma.org.uk/features/bornofinjustice/
Missing special needs support ‘a national scandal’ – BBC News
— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-46400397
Family Lawyers Are Turning Away Thousands Of People In Child Access Battles Thanks To Legal Aid Cuts
— Read on www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/emilydugan/parents-family-court-no-lawyer-legal-aid-cuts
An Important UK Law On Racial Discrimination Is 50 Years Old – RightsInfo
— Read on rightsinfo.org/an-important-uk-law-on-racial-discrimination-is-50-years-old/
I’d have written that article too | The Transparency Project
— Read on www.transparencyproject.org.uk/id-have-written-that-article-too/
The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review challenging the exorbitant fees that children registering as British citizens are forced to pay.
— Read on www.freemovement.org.uk/permission-granted-registration-fees-judicial-review/
A disproportionate number of people in UK prisons have learning disabilities. Three of them tell their stories
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/27/one-hoax-phone-call-12-years-behind-bars-the-prisoners-with-learning-disabilities