Jeremy Hutchinson on #localism in the justice system

For ten years from 1961 he [Hutchinson] sat as the Recorder of Bath… [A]s a result of the Courts Act 1971, the Quarter Session courts were abolished and the title of Recorder of Bath was swept away…. ‘There had been a Recorder of Bath for almost 700 years. As a result of the changes the concept of local justice conducted in the interests of and with the participation of local inhabitants was removed in the name of efficiency. In my view this was a fundamental error.’

– Thomas Grant, Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories (2015)

(Interesting to reflect on this on a day when the UK Parliament is considering ‘English votes for English laws’)

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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