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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


The magistrate who chaired a bench that refused to implement the new Victim Surcharge has resigned. He did so after a meeting with his Bench Chairman and Justices' Clerk.
Had he put his hands up and accepted his Chairman and Clerk's advice he might just have got away with it, but from what I read he is made of stern stuff and decided to fall on his sword.
Many of us are very unhappy with this new surcharge but it is the law and we must enforce it. I would love to know what the clerk in court said and did on the day. If we accept our clerk's advice we cannot be criticised, but we go against it at our peril.