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.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Yesterday's Telegraph carries a long piece about the latest law-and-order panic. At the top of the article is a large graphic of a gavel.

Sloppy work, lads. No court in England and Wales uses a gavel. No, not a one.

That's the Americans, you see.