In the Media

Summary Justice In and Out of Court: The Police Foundation's John Harris Memorial Lecture

PUBLISHED July 8, 2011

"It is 650 years since Parliament embodied the magnificent concept of our Plantagenet Kings into statute. This was the "King's Peace". The Justices of the Peace Act 1361 provided:

"…they shall have power to restrain the offenders, rioters, and all other barators and to pursue, arrest, take and chastise them according to their trespass or offence; and to cause them to be imprisoned and duly punished accordingly to the law and customs of the realm, and accordingly to that which to them shall seem best to do by their discretions and good advisement…