The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Another Cautionary Tale

What little law I do know is almost all to do with the criminal courts. My knowledge of civil law is sketchy and when in doubt I will ask one of the lawyers among my friends and family. I never give legal advice, except for one thing:-

Do Not Sue. Ever.

This story from today's Telegraph is about a stubborn battle over a right of way that has cost the parties - wait for it - an estimated six-figure sum each in legal fees.

These disputes have a way of escalating into matters of principle, and none but the multi-millionaires among us can afford principles like that.

The law rarely delivers a result that pleases everyone (if you don't count the lawyers who have the meter running).

Don't go there. Misery and penury may be the result.