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 …).
Magistrates and Police were, understandably, a bit upset that violent criminals were going to get nothing more than a slap on the wrist and a fine and the Home Office has backtracked saying that it was never the intention and the Home Secretary would never agree to such a proposal.
However, the backtrack is only for the violent crimes. The other crimes mentioned – possession of cannabis, petty theft, etc. – will still be punishable by illegal on-the-spot fines. The unelected North British Lord Chancellor of England said earlier in the year that he intended to flood the legal system with illegal on-the-spot fines. I’m wondering what is going to be left for the new British government-appointed Supreme Court when it is eventually formed.