More people with criminal records should be made JPs to increase diversity among the judiciary, the chairman of Magistrates Association said last night.Wha..?
John Bache insisted a more representative set of magistrates would make criminals feel less alienated by the system.Why the hell should we care if criminals feel 'alienated by the system'? They're bloody criminals, that's how they should feel!
He told the Daily Telegraph: 'We all make mistakes, we all do things we shouldn't have done. But we want to increase diversity. And if we did say anyone who's done anything wrong ever isn't going to be appointed, that's no way at all to increase diversity.'Then most people will be fine with that. What does this fabled 'diversity' ever bring us anyway?
A total of 15,000 magistrates in England and Wales deal with 95 per cent of all criminal cases. But latest MoJ figures reveal the number has plummeted in the last six years by 40 per cent.
It is thought the drastic drop is because scores of older magistrates are retiring. Magistrates must retire at the age of 70.Which is probably what's leading to this.