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Magistrates will get power to give one-year jail sentences to cut backlog

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Magistrates in England and Wales will be given more sentencing powers in an attempt to tackle the backlog of cases waiting to be dealt with by criminal courts. In the latest effort to reduce both the number of outstan...

Don’t extend magistrates’ powers – there’s a better way to reform the court system

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Bev Higgs, national chair of the Magistrates Association, is right to suggest reforms are needed to fix the criminal justice system (Letters, 7 October). But no one who has read the Secret Barrister’s assessment of th...