This book also contains an extensive Glossary of Words, Phrases and Abbreviations - which sets out 'The language of the System' - and serves to open up the world of the magistrates' courts to newcomers. As such, it is essential reading for anyone unfamiliar with magistrates' courts, joining the magistracy or, e.g. completing a project on those courts.
Bryan Gibson is a editor-in-chief, Waterside Press. He is a barrister-at-law and a former a clerk to the justices.Winston Gordon is a former justices' clerk and justices' chief executive and training officer for Thameside, Greater Manchester who also has experience as a prosecuting and defending solicitor - and co-author of several Waterside publications including The Sentence of the Court and Introduction to Road Traffic Offences.Andy Wesson is justices' clerk for Bedfordshire, an occasional contributor to Justice of the Peace journal and co-author of Introduction to Road Traffic Offences.
1. Outline of the System2. Magistrates', Chief Executives and Justices' Clerks3. Powers, Procedures, Fairness and Human Rights4. Criminal Cases and Evidence5. Sentencing6. The Youth Court and Youth Offending Teams7. The Family Proceedings Court and CAFCASS8. Licensing Matters9. Some Common Procedures (including e.g. Bail, disqualification and endorsement, protection from harassment, anti-social behaviour orders and general emergencies)10. Law, Lawyers and State Funded Legal Representation11. Appeals12. A Quality Service - including a note on the Auld report.