Government sources said options for change include increasing magistrates\’ powers to jail offenders. Under current rules, magistrates can jail offenders for a maximum of six months. That could double to a year, sources said.
If you want to take away someone\’s liberty for more than 6 months then have the cojones to give them a fair trial, with a jury.
Yes, JPs are lovely, a great system, but there is a reason we have a break point, a limitation. It\’s all about this freedom and liberty thing, you understand?
The more the State wants to punish you the more the State has to prove before it can punish you.