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What progress has really been made in our courts?

08 October, 2021

‘I wonder what our MPs think of the state of affairs at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court?’

• I WAS using the internet when, by chance, committal to prison by Clerkenwell & Shoreditch County Court, Islington appeared in my search.

I delved further and between June 6 2020 and September 24 2021 there were 86 committals to prison by county courts across England and Wales.

I was surprised as I thought civil courts sending someone to prison for a civil matter was a rarity after Charles Dickens exposed the scandal of the Marshalsea prison in Little Dorritt.

I was disturbed to discover that Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court sent six people to prison, while Birmingham County Court sent only one. Some of the six reportedly had no representation in court, which is very worrying.

What progress has really been made in our courts? It was only in 1908 that the Children’s Act stipulated the minimum age of 16 for execution by hanging.

I wonder what our MPs think of the state of affairs at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court?

See: Judgments: Committal for Contempt.

ME JENNINGS, N6

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