2 October 2017
The Magistrates’ Court usually sits with three Magistrates with the one sitting in the middle seat acting as the presiding justice; the other Magistrates colloquially known as “Wingers”. While all three Magistrates are jointly and equally involved in bail, remand, allocation and sentencing decisions, the presiding justice will speak for the Bench in asking questions of witnesses and defendants and will pronounce any decision made by the Bench.
Many presiding justice pronouncements will be relatively straight forward such as imposing a fine and points, a community order or driver disqualification. However, where an offence or offending is more complex more pronouncements need to be made and read to the Court and defendant.
The Pronouncement builder utility allows a presiding justice (or a supporting Magistrate) to collate these pronouncement cards in the order needed for an understandable and logical reading of the sentence agreed by the Bench. Pronouncement builder may collate pronouncement cards from any of the court pronouncements mixing Adult, Family and Youth, Adult and Youth Welsh language.
Building your pronouncements
The following animation shows a collection of cards being dragged and dropped from the Adult court pronouncements onto the selected list. When ordered correctly the View button shows these pronouncement cards in the sequence in which they were ordered.
Amending your pronouncements collection
Tapping the Clear button will delete the collection of pronouncement cards and return to the editor. Tapping the Edit button moves directly to the editor with the current cards still in their original order. This would allow the addition of a missed card or their reordering before Viewing again.