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.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Apocrypha (3)

When fining someone we are obliged to look into their finances to ensure that the fine is fair. This can be a rough-and-ready process at times as we don't have the staff resources to check information.

I asked a young black lad what he had to live on: "Nothing".
Where did he live? "With me Mum"
So she feeds you then? "Yeah"
I suppose she gives you some money to go out on Fridays? "Yeah"
Do you smoke? "No - only cigarettes"

I am not sure that he understood why everyone in the courtroom doubled up laughing.