More Summary Justice

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The Home Office has announced an extension to its policy of introducing even more illegal summary justice.

From early next year, various offences such as assault, theft and assaulting or obstructing a police officer will be punishable by a £100 on-the-spot fine.

I’m all for speeding up the legal process but summary justice is illegal.  The Bill of Rights says that any promise of fine or forfeiture before conviction is illegal and void.  Unless every police officer is going to be accompanied by a judge and jury (everyone has the right to a trial by jury remember) then the fine is illegal.


  1. revinkevin (176 comments) says:

    This crap government is turning the police force into Judge, Jury and Execuionor.

    Welcome to the police force of the future Judge Dredd style.

  2. […] It was announced yesterday that the Home Office was going to introduce illegal on-the-spot fines for a range of crimes including assaulting a police officer (which is different to assaulting a normal person because …). […]

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