Hello. My name is Ian Pratt. Until I retired in 2016 I was senior partner of RJR Solicitors, one of the largest Isle of Wight firms. I have lived on the Isle of Wight since 1979.
My wife and I are members of Ryde Baptist church, and I have been asked to lead our thoughts today about those involved in the legal system.
Most peoples’ only involvement with the law has been when they have seen their own solicitor when buying a house, making a will, ending a marriage, or seeking advice about a dispute of some sort.
However, the legal system includes the Isle of Wight Crown Court, the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court, Newport (IOW) County Court, the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, and the Coroner’s Court. Apart from all the judges, magistrates and other staff who work in these courts and organisations, there are the solicitors and barristers who regularly appear in these courts. In addition, in solicitors’ offices are qualified solicitors, legal executives, licensed conveyancers, para-legals, secretaries and accounts staff.
The Crown Court deals with the more serious criminal matters, whereas the Magistrates Court deals with less serious criminal matters and family disputes. The County Court deals with civil disputes including family financial affairs on divorce amongst other things. The Coroner’s Court deals with investigations following deaths.
In my experience, the Isle of Wight is fortunate in having a good legal profession and fair and upright judges and magistrates. There are many Christians working in these areas too.
The following bible passage seems relevant.
Luke 18:1-8 1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!'” 6And the LORD said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Let us pray:
God has such a big heart for the poor that he identifies himself with them in the deepest way. He feels their hunger, he feels their thirst, he knows what if feels like to be lonely or to be sick and unable to care for themselves. He even knows what they are going through when they are locked up in prison.
Therefore we pray for all those involved in the legal system to have the same heart for the poor, to be fair in their judgments and free of bias or bribery.
We pray particularly for the presiding Crown Court judge, Circuit Judge Timothy Mousley, District Judge Andrew Grand, Circuit Judge Helen Black and Presiding Judge Garnham, Coroner Caroline Sumeray, chief crown prosecutor Joanne Jackymec, Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon, Supt Sarah Jackson, Chief Constable of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Olivia Pinkney, and crime commissioner Michael Lane.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
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