A Mockery of Justice as 80,000 defendants fail to attend
Matthew Hickey- Homes Affairs
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Court bail fiasco
Laughing at justice-80, 000 defendants who fail to turn
of criminals are laughing in the face of justice [and their countless victims
who despair that under New Labour who place top priority on keeping the
criminal out of jail - their suffering will continue] by failing to turn up at
court, a report reveals today.
[One would have thought that
with the Government back in power with the lowest vote in living memory that
they would have at least done something to help the victims of crime - but a
leopard cannot change its spots and political correctness is a disease too far
gone to cure- only a clean cut at its roots will eradicate it and bring the
change that all sufferers of crime expect. -JUSTICE.]
one in six
defendants bailed to before magistrates each year - around 80,000 people -skips
bail and goes on the run, making a mockery of attempts to curb crime.
Even when the courts issue
arrest warrants, fewer than half of the bail bandits are tracked down within
three months, and thousands are never caught.
In a damning report published today, MP’s call for urgent
action from the Government, police and courts to speed up the court process and
catch more arrogant crooks that defy the law.
The study by the influential Commons Public Accounts
Committee points out that 15 per cent of all defendants bailed to appear at
magistrates’ courts fail to turn up, costing millions of pounds in wasted court
time. [One wonder why
the Government bothers -why don’t they send all the defendants on a holiday of
their choice abroad , it probable wouldn’t cost as much as it does now to run
the whole charade of pretended Justice. At least the victims would know they
were out of the country for at least a few weeks - if they are lucky for ever
to give the victim some respite from the trauma and pain. We are of course joking but hasn’t this
happened in the past with juvenile offenders?]
In 2002, the last year for which figures are available,
77,000 out of 510,000 suspects skipped bail, many of them several times.
Of the 118,000 arrest warrants issued for defendants who
failed to turn up, only 45 per cent led to arrest within three months.
Nobody knows how many criminals permanently escape
justice by skipping bail. In 2002 alone
25,000 suspects went on the run and were not caught.
The report comes at a time when the proportion of
crimes solved by the police has fallen to an all time low of just 23 per
cent while the so-called ‘justice gap’ - between the number of offences
committed and the number of criminals being punished-has never been wider.
Courts often take weeks to
tell local police if a suspect skips bail.
Even when they do, police lack the resources to follow up every case.
Magistrates can sentence those who skip bail to up to
three months in jail, while a Crown Court ca imprison for up to a year with an
But sentencing guidelines
issued two years ago, urge magistrates to avoid jailing those who go on the run
for the first offence, and give community punishments instead.
Captured bail bandits often get away with no more than a
slap on the wrist, MPs say, adding that ‘proper sanctions are needed if respect
for the justice system is to be maintained.
[Well! from the facts we
already know there is no respect for the Justice System at the present time as
witnessed by the statements of those countless victims of burglary, assault and
gun and knife crime particularly from the most vulnerable members of our
The report states:
‘Some defendants interviewed did not believe that
warrants for failure to attend would be acted upon, or at least not promptly,
and as a result were less likely to take attendance seriously.’
Many problems arise because ‘no single agency is responsible for
ensuring that a defendant attends court.’
The Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Prison and
Probation Officials, Court Staff and Magistrates all play their part, but
nobody is in overall charge. [What a shambles -cannot a few lessons be learnt from New York Police
Department - surely there must be a BETTER WAY?]
Police forces in the study lacked resources to monitor all
bail conditions set by the courts -such as to live at a home address- and
courts had no way of knowing if conditions would be enforced.
Bizarrely even locking suspects up on remand offers no
guarantee that they will appear in court.
An astonishingly 7 per cent of those in custody fail to show up,
due to delays or mistakes by private prison companies responsible for moving
The Public Accounts Committee calls for an
ambitious target of police catching all bail bandits and bringing them back to
court on the same day, and says courts, which fail to improve, should be ‘named
Committee chairman Edward Leigh said:
‘Many clearly believe that
they can get away with snubbing the legal process and disgracefully, there is
justification for that belief.’
‘All defendants must be left
in no doubt that failing to turn up in court will have swift and uncomfortable
[Why not say categorically that:
No Show - means Jail
Norman Brennan director of
the Victims of Crime Trust, said:
‘Too many criminals have an arrogant attitude to the
courts. They know their chances of ending up in court are low, and their
chances of going to jail are almost nonexistent, so they often don’t even
bother to turn up.’
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[The legal process with its
support bodies costs the country billions of pounds every year. Many within the system make ‘A Lot of Money’
and have a job for life - with some no doubt having no faith in the politically
correct system and say to themselves -what can we do about it? NOTHING!
Parliament has shown how ineffective it is in
ensuring that OUR country should not make illegal war, which has already cost
£5billion and rising by the month, and therefore it is no surprise that we have
a Legal Process, which makes us the laughing stock of the world.
It is said that a people:
‘get the government they
After the result of the last General Election-May 5
-2005 - we agree. WE ALL had
our chance to make a change but it was not to be. The present Government and
its politically-correct cronies throughout our country will take advantage of
the time they have left -to the utmost - as you can all see by the events
that have transpired here and in Brussels since May 5-2005.
They have no intention of changing direction but to
protect their own privileged positions until they have the opportunity to make
up more lies in order to achieve -they hope - their next term of office.
What many people have failed to realise is that the longer
the present government remains in power the closer the chains of control are
tightened around those who disagree with their policies to a point where
they will no longer have the means to recover those ‘Rights and Liberties’ which they
have already been taken from us. ONLY
a PR -Proportional Representation system such a STV -Single
Transferable Vote can give power back to the People.]
Back in our history over the last 300 years millions of
people put to the streets in order to obtain the right to vote. What have we
done with it?
The main parties are not anxious to introduce a
PR-Proportional Representation System such as mentioned above because they know
they will take a major hammering at the polls.
Only street power will make the difference -and that is
now more difficult after Tony Blair’s illegal war, which has enabled him to
justify the new police powers, which will soon make protest almost impossible.
We are in the dangers of today because too many people
ignored the early signs of intended oppression by the successive governments of
the day to enslave a whole people in a foreign adventure, which only recently
has shown itself to be vulnerable and we hope in imminent collapse.
But don’t count on
it -they no doubt have contingency plans formulated over 30 years ago.
Nevertheless there is a chink in their armour and this is the time to campaign
to put up a candidate in every constituency in the country under a
This will be an issue that will unite ALL from the
various small parties in existence to get their candidate into
Westminster. With STV -Single
Transferable Vote that WILL be possible.
We ourselves have neither the resources nor the following
to lead such a crusade into battle but we have fought for over 10 years for
what we believe in and WILL support such a campaign.
With STV in
place in the last few decades there would have been
No War in Iraq
NO Maastricht Treaty
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time. Without the UK contribution to
support the Union the founder members of the EU may have followed a less
ambitious but a more sensible path to their dream of co-operation in Europe
rather than the aim of a restrictive and undemocratic and elitist United States
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