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Thank you! Littledogboy (talk) 21:10, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

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Magistrates' court (England and Wales)‎[edit]

It's good to see someone taking this page on. I've wanted to have a go at it for ages but the enormity of the task put me off. I've corrected a few of your edits, as you've noticed.

As far as naming goes: Anyone appointed as a Justice of the Peace retains the title for life (or until dismissed for gross misconduct). Magistrates are JPs who are on the active list and sit in court. A magistrate may retire, for example for work or family reasons, but remains a JP. All magistrates have to retire at 70, but remain JPs (on the supplemental list. How do you make this distinction clear in the article? Similarly, District judges (magistrates' courts) have the exact powers that a magistrate has and, indeed, in their functions, they are magistrates so it is not necessary throughout the article to make any distinction (e.g. "district judges and magistrates").

Penalties: Most offences have a lower maximum. In practice, fines are usually much lower because they are linked to the defendant's net weekly income (i.e., depending on the offence and its seriousness, a starting point of 50%, 100% or 150% of income, though there are exceptions). In additon (or substraction!) there is usually a reduction for a guilty plea, and over 90% of cases are guilty pleas.

A further complication is that a lot of rules changed last year, most notably concerning the victims' surcharge which was a flat rate $15 on all fines, but is now 10% of fines (min £20, max £200) and is also applied to all other sentences, apart from imprisonment. The complications are rife only apply to offences after October 2012.

Keep up the work; if you don't mind I'll keep an eye on what you do and correct if necessary. Emeraude (talk) 22:08, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for your confidence in my work – although it would seem that your knowledge of the topic runs a tad deeper than mine; perhaps the finer points of English institutions are beyond the comprehension of a civil-law mind. I have some conundrums you might be able to help me with: 1/ On the issue of Family Proceedings Courts and Youth Courts - are they kind divisions of MCs? Don't think so, they are only part of MCs administratively, aren't they... 2/ I know CPS and SFO are the main prosecuting bodies (and CPS will handle 99% of prosecution in MCs??), but mysteriously the Internet would not give an answer to 'who can prosecute in England' – is there a definitive list? (Perhaps this would deserve a short article on Wikipedia.) Littledogboy (talk) 14:17, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

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