Friday, May 20, 2011
The morning began with a stop by the Magistrate Court of London. The Magistrate who provided the briefing was very proper and I felt more refined after 30 minutes in the room with him, a very proper gentleman. We were allowed to observe a couple of different court proceedings; one was overseen by a magistrate and the other by three JPs. Both were equally interesting and I enjoyed watching how the system played out in the courtroom. We even got to read some interesting graffiti which had something colorful to say about the judge on the wall of the public gallery. The rapid pace of the court was surprising and the Magistrate said it commonly takes the Magistrate court one hour to handle what it takes the Crown court to do in a day.