UK: Apology after magistrates’ details sent to prisoners

Jack Doyle reports:

The personal details of hundreds of magistrates were placed in the hands of convicted criminals in a data loss blunder, it was revealed today.

A directory containing names, telephone numbers and email addresses of magistrates and court legal advisors in Norfolk was sent for printing in a prison workshop manned by inmates.

The document, containing details of 400 magistrates and 26 legal advisors, was sent to HMP Standford Hill in Sheerness, Kent, at the beginning of the month.

Printing, which is carried out by inmates supervised by prison officers, had begun when the mistake was uncovered.

The incident prompted an apology from senior courts service staff. A spokesman said all copies of the document have now been destroyed.

Read more in The Independent.

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