The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Apocrypha (5)

We dealt with a couple of cases yesterday that involved pre-sentence reports, which are required if the court is considering a community penalty or a custodial sentence. Nowadays these reports are what I like to call 'PSR-Lite' as they are a tick-box exercise prepared on a template with some boxes for the Probation officer's comments.

At the end the report runs through the sentencing options, and the last box deals with custody. The officer had typed in "If he receives a custodial sentence Mr. X stands to lose his liberty".

Well, well, I hadn't thought of that.