Law & Order
Law and order
Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Court
One of the County's magistrates submitted a diary. These
are the entries relating to his magisterial work.
||Briefing session with two
magistrates colleagues rota'd to sit on the bench this day, and the
magistrates clerk - discuss types of cases being brought before us. Warned
of possible trial and therefore likely length of day's hearing. Court
starts with 3 magistrates, clerk to the justices, 1 Crown
Prosecution Service Solicitor and 4 separate defence solicitors including
the duty solicitor whose role it is to give advice (when requested) to any
||Good news that the trial
is not to go ahead due to a late change of plea by the defendant (a motoring
offence). Cases dealt with included many motoring matters (over 50% of day's
business), assaults occasioning actual bodily harm, thefts, and criminal
damage. One defendant charged with indecent assault was remanded into custody
of the police (not prison) for further questioning about additional offences.
That defendant will be committed to Crown Court (due to seriousness of the
charges) for trial (not guilty pleas having been entered).
||Court resumes with the case
that had been listed for trial. Now a guilty plea and a lengthy submission
of mitigation by the defendant solicitor. This and most of the day's
convictions are given fines, penalty points on driver's licences, disqualification
from driving in cases of drunken driving, and community punishment orders;
assault cases (for which, in addition, compensation of £900 to the
victim was awarded).