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A Conservative MP has clashed with campaigners over the benefits of the criminal courts charge during an exchange in parliament.Members of four justice groups appeared before the House of Commons justice committee today to give their summary of the effects of an extra charge for convicted people since April.The witnesses said evidence is emerging of innocent people being coerced into pleading guilty because they would face a £150 charge rather than one for £520 if convicted in the magistrates’ court.It is estimated that defendants were required to pay around £5.7m from April to June – money which goes back into the financing of the courts system.Shipley MP Philip Davies (pictured), a member of the committee, accused some of the groups of struggling to ‘differentiate between personal and political opinions and evidence’.Addressing Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, who suggested that beggars convicted of minor crimes are subject to the charge, he questioned her evidence basis, adding: ‘You have no idea, you just made that up to be emotional.’Davies acknowledged the concerns that innocent people are forced to plead guilty, but he asked what evidence existed of the scale of that.The MP added: ‘Would you all say this is simply a one-way street?‘Would you perhaps concede that if [the charge is] encouraging innocent people to plead guilty, there’s half a chance that it may actually be encouraging guilty people to plead guilty? Does it only apply to innocent people pleading guilty? Or would anyone concede there is half a chance that it may encourage people to plead guilty rather than trying to work the system?’Phil Bowen, director of the Centre for Justice Innovation, said any system which introduces an element of ‘plea bargaining’ will convince some people to seek a ‘better deal’.He added: ‘[I’ve seen] innocent people with two or three convictions behind them who went ‘actually on this I’m innocent, but what’s the point as the system is loaded against me. There are aspects of the criminal court charge which are like that.’When Davies suggested the evidence basis for innocent people wrongly convicted was ‘one case’, Criminal Justice Alliance director Ben Summerskill replied: ‘It is a case we regard as reliable and I have to say, given my personal view of the importance of confidence in British justice, one case of someone pleading guilty to something they didn’t do is, with respect, one case too many.’Summerskill also stated that he had heard directly from a judge based in London who had reduced the amount of victim compensation the defendant was required to pay, in the knowledge that the courts charge had to be added further down the line.Malcolm Richardson, deputy chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, said judges and magistrates were supposed to consider the charge only after compensation, Crown Prosecution Service costs and any fine, but added: ‘We are only human beings and we work the sums out.’
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInLocal MSP Emma Harper has created a baby box similar to that being given free to new mums from August this year and invites members of the public to come and see the box’s contents. The box tradition originates from Finland, where every pregnant woman has been given a box full of items for the last 75 years. Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world- two deaths per 1,000 live births, compared with a global rate of 32 in 1,000 according to the UN. “The Baby Boxes are full of useful items and send a message that every child matters.“For mothers in Dumfries and Galloway looking forward to welcoming a new born into the world on or after 15th August this summer, all they need to do to be gifted a Baby Box is apply through their midwife in advance, supplying their preferred delivery address.” The Scottish Government is gifting every newborn baby due or born after 15 August a box full of essential items such as clothes, nappies and books which will provide every baby with an equal start in life. The box has also been awarded British Safety Standard accreditation as a crib for domestic use- the first non-commercial Baby box in the world to do so. “The baby box is a great way to provide every newborn baby with an equal start in life, regardless of their background. The box is full of items that are essential in the early days of a baby’s life, such as clothes in newborn and bigger sizes, as well as both digital ear and bath thermometer. It also includes items for new mums such as maternity pads and nursing pads.“The box also includes bedding and a mattress as it is intended to be used as a cot which means new mums can have their baby safely tucked in and sleeping close to their parents. The box provides a safe sleep space for babies up to 4 months old, has no small parts and has passed safety tests, and the mattress complies with flammability safety guidelines.“Joan and I had displayed the baby box at the Dumfries & Lockerbie Agricultural Show on Saturday along with Paul Wheelhouse MSP, and it proved to be successful with many people stopping to ask questions and obtain information on the purpose of the baby box and the history of how the box originated. Commenting, Joan McAlpine MSP said: “We would like to invite anyone interested to come and see the Baby Box in our Dumfries High Street office where anyone is welcome to come and take a look, ask questions and we can direct people to further information and resources regarding the baby box.” Commenting on the baby box, Emma said:
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