The View Of Different Defendants By Police

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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
including

policemen, magistrates, clerks, and other supporting roles involved in
the

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
into

two tiers. They calculate the time a case will take from past
experiences,

then they will determine that the shorter case be given priority over
longer

cases. This gives us a direct insight how the police view the
different

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
the

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
well

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
absolute

access to all areas. In those days the defendant were escorted into
the

courtroom by the policeman calling the cases, these days this is not
the

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...

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