The View of Different Defendants by Police
This extract from Pat Carlen's Magistrates Justice describes how the
police view different types of defendants. The findings have been
compiled in the 1970s, practices and perceptions have dramatically
improved since then. Magistrates justice involves many people
policemen, magistrates, clerks, and other supporting roles involved in
courts. Police have a vital role in the magistrates court as well as
magistrates. The magistrates have set procedures in the way defendants
are processed. The police view the defendants depending on the crime
committed, frequency and behaviour. These findings give us an insight
in how the police view different types of defendants.
In these findings, the police do the court lists and they place them
two tiers. They calculate the time a case will take from past
then they will determine that the shorter case be given priority over
cases. This gives us a direct insight how the police view the
types of defendants. Within the court their is set procedures to deal
with the influx of large numbers of people. When court is in session,
court officials work at considerable pressure. They have to work in
various roles such as the detaining of prisoners in custody and have
to preserve the law as it is invested in them. Police have to monitor
types of people that are going to court, so they can have adequate or
extra security in place to prevent any disturbances or runners.
Therefore people are scheduled through courts at different times. The
courts have been built in the way to prevent breach of security, the
court's fixtures and fittings are strategically placed.
In the court not every court official has access to all area. Only
screened and officially approved persons can move into and between
the different areas of the court.
"Keys imply key holders and non key holders, those with access,
and those denied it, the important and the excluded, the powerful and
the less powerful". ( Peter Manning 1972 )
Peter Manning is implying that the individuals, with the keys have
access to all areas. In those days the defendant were escorted into
courtroom by the policeman calling the cases, these days this is not
case, defendants are escorted by court staff or private security
organisations. In those days when a hearing was taking place the
policeofficer had the authority, to tell the defendant what to do when
he is in the court's custody. It has been stated that most defendants
usually don't cause trouble in the courtroom. The police have ascribed
theatrical characteristics to defendants. Defendants which are brought
to court can be of different...