Magistrates have started resign for their positions in protests against court charges that have people pleading guilty just to avoid the costs.
In April 2015 the government introduced a Criminal Court Charge system intended to have the courts supported by adult offenders who use them. The charge is incurred whenever an adult offender is convicted of a crime and can range from £150 to £1,2000 depending on the case.
Magistrates, however, are resigning in protest to this charge as the burden in places on those that use the courts is causing people to plead guilty for crimes they did not commit as they cannot afford to be found guilty if their case goes to court. The Criminal Court Charge, along with other fees an offender has to pay including the victim surcharge and a prosecution costs, can turn into a crippling debt for many.