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.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


We had a drink-driver in a couple of months ago who had blown, believe it or not, a little over five times the limit on the EBM machine.

We allowed him an adjournment to seek expert advice as to whether the medication he is on might have caused some chemical process that would have confused the machine. If the expert comes up with anything worth putting in front of a court, then the Crown will have to put in its own expert.

By now his report will have been completed, but I am unlikely to find out what it says, or where matters go from here. I have never seen a single successful defence based on medication - even baby's gripe water which someone tried once (it's 5% alcohol, you know).