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, January 05, 2010


Now and again we see a barrister who is at the top of his trade. Such do not come cheap, so they are usually instructed to act for Government departments or large companies. Less often they act for wealthy individuals.
Last year we were dealing with yet another Proceeds of Crime Act forfeiture hearing, when counsel for the people whose cash had been seized handed up photocopies of a few pages from the standard book on this fast-developing area of law. She handed up the sheets with the observation that they were copied from a book with which counsel for the Crown would be familiar. So they should be, as he is the book's author, a fact he acknowledged with a muttered: "A most excellent book sir: I commend it to you. It is available from good bookshops."