Around a couple of years ago the form in which police applied for a search warrant was expanded considerably. Benevolently interpreted it allowed for more scrutiny by a J.P. or District Judge or from another point of view it reduced the possibility of police exceeding their powers such a development being of assistance to officers who were treading a fine line in their actions under previously worded warrants. A rebranded organisation Immigration Enforcement has sent this information to all magistrates. With that in mind it is interesting to read the changes in guidance for officials executing such warrants; a named suspect does not have to be written in. Personally I never dealt with even a single warrant of that nature. This new guidance seems rather less than satisfactory.
And finally a comment for the second time in a couple of months on the subject of McKenzie Friends. The removal of legal aid for so many was bound to drive increasing numbers of defendants into the outstretched arms of unqualified "know it all" friends with offers of assistance........for a price. We`ve seen it all before with teaching assistants who now don`t assist but teach; PCSOs who now don`t just support but are allowed to undertake much more than originally envisaged; traffic wardens are now civil enforcement officers with much increased powers. Surely this dumbing down of expertise must end somewhere? The slapping down of payments to McKenzie, I`ll help you for a hefty payment, Friends would be a suitable place to begin.