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.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Le Cheval Gai

Several people have asked me what I think about the Oxford 'Gay Horse' brouhaha.

Of course it is nonsense. But what did we expect when we gave the humble constable the quasi-judicial right to issue an £80 'ticket' for behaving in a manner that seems to the issuing officer to be unseemly?

That, mes enfants, is why we have impartial tribunals known as courts to interpose a little consideration between the indignation of the officer on the street and the public good known as justice.

£80 tickets are cheap and easy to administer, but as for justice - don't make me laugh.

If the peccant undergraduate had been related to me, one would have encouraged a rejection of the ticket and a plea of not guilty in front of a proper bench of magistrates.