Magistrates v Ministry Of Justice
The Government cost cuttimg measures seem to know no bounds. Remembering that the role of Magistrate is unpaid, there are now even p[lans to cut mileage expenses recoverable by Magistartes at a time when many courts are being closed resulting in the Magistartes having to travel further.
The Ministry of Justice is seeking to reduce the mileage allowance for Magistrates by approximately 1/3rd for cars over 1500cc. Whilst necessary cost cutting in the current economic climate is certainly not a bad thing, this seems very petty indeed and is unlikely to go down well with Magistrates offering their time free. It is projected that perhaps the total saving might be no more than £5 million.
There are about 30,000 magistrates in the UK.