Lectures and exams about magistrates courts are on the schedule this week and tomorrow they’ll see a magistrates court at work – often described as ‘controlled chaos’.
Radio journalists don’t often report cases at magistrates court because, in the main, cases there at pretty piffling. But it’s important to know how they work and what the reporting rules are.
Magistrates courts are a foundation of our judicial system. It is law administered and delivered by laymen peers, a principle to be treasured. About 95% of all criminal cases are dealt with by magistrates courts.
“Justice is open to everyone in the same way as the Ritz Hotel.” A senior judge.