Criminal cases are piling up in English courts for lack of judges, according to today’s Times.
Apparently, retired judges are being pressured into service, and part-time recorders (think magistrate) are continually being asked to extend their stays on the bench. In and around London, courts are so cramped, officials are having trouble reserving courtrooms for the growing number of terrorist trials, which usually start late and run long.
Why? So the story goes, the government is purposely witholding appointments to save a cash.
“Such ad hoc measures save money because the Government does not have to pay holiday allowance or pension contributions for retired or part-time judges,” according to The Times.