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That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void.

Police cannot be trusted to hand out summary justice and will act as “judge and jury” if given powers to issue more on-the-spot fines, magistrates have warned.

A problem that we have recognised and dealt with before:

"Clause [29] No Freeman shall be taken, or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any otherwise destroyed; nor will we pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful Judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the Land. We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either Justice or Right." (Magna Carta, 1297 version)
This was amended in 1354 by Edward III to read as follows: “. . . no man of what estate or condition that he be, shall be put out of land or tenement, nor taken, nor imprisoned, nor disinherited, nor put to death, without being brought in answer by due process of law.”

And of course the Bill of Rights of 1689 gives us the headline. How careless of us to forget.

Comments

You there in England certainly have my prayers & wishes as you struggle with this foul relentless shower of habsburgism. These professional civil servants & party managers of today seem in no case any longer to be /English/ in any meaningful sense whatsoever. No more than our American counterparts to them any more are /constitutionalists/. Not a one in ten thousand....

I read about this in the car news over at Exchange and Mart http://tiny.cc/wh7yr - Personally I agree with the magistrates, that the police will misuse this; I find it pretty worrying; its not the sort of thing that can be left to opinion and I am certain that some police will abuse this power if granted.

I read about this in the car news over at Exchange and Mart http://tiny.cc/wh7yr - Personally I agree with the magistrates, that the police will misuse this; I find it pretty worrying; its not the sort of thing that can be left to opinion and I am certain that some police will abuse this power if granted.

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