Practice and Procedure

The politics of judicial independence are coming under increasing scrutiny

PUBLISHED October 4, 2011

Did magistrates and judges help bring an end to the riots that ravaged English city centres in August? I suspect the prime minister?s decision to put additional police on the streets made more of an impact, but it seems reasonable to suppose that some unexpectedly tough sentences, reviewed by the Court of Appeal last week, will have had a deterrent effect. read more