Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Deputy DJ On Her First Day

I had a mundane day today waiting around at a South London Magistrates Court. Rather unhelpfully my Client arrived an hour late for Court so by the time I had taken instructions from him and had been placed in the usher's list of 'ready' cases I was unlikely to get on until the afternoon.

As I sat in Court observing the proceedings I watched the Deputy District Judge act in a rather hard way. No one was getting bail, all guilty pleas resulted in pre-sentences reports considering all options for sentencing including prison - this DDJ was taking no prisoners.

It transpired that this was in fact the first day that the Deputy District Judge had sat at this particular Court and that she was going to be sitting at this Court for sometime. She appeared to be stamping her mark on the Court.

6 comments:

Lennie Briscoe said...

Good on her. Namby Pamby judges confused by politics should be ejected. Zero tolerance all the way.

Anonymous said...

Not a good day to turn up late for then?

Gavin said...

It was not a good day to turn up at all! Thankfully my Client's late arrival was not noticed either by the usher or the DDJ

James E. Petts said...

Taking no prisoners? Quite the converse, it seems, by your account...

Another Constable said...

Hurray for the Judge!

Bystander said...

This might cheer up a few professionals but it has nothing to do with justice. If the ddj isn't considering each case on its merits and within the guidelines and the law she is in the wrong job.