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, November 23, 2009

It's Our Turn!

The expenses scandal juggernaut has moved on to the judiciary.
Of course, I am in it up to my ears, submitting, as I do, an expenses claim every month. However, the fact that judges, who pull down something like £130,000 a year, also run up twenty quid a week in expenses doesn't seem too scandalous to me, and as for JPs, well I get 55p a mile for driving to and from court, and either £7.45 or £10.38 a day in flat-rate subsistence, depending whether I have been away from home for four to eight hours or more than eight. It isn't a life changing amount.