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, July 31, 2005

Apocrypha (10)

I was listening to a less-than-riveting piece of evidence the other day when I was struck by the fact that nobody lives in a house any more. Everyone refers to their "property". I suppose that this is the result of the scores of turgid improve-your-home-and-make-a-bundle TV shows that are inflicted on viewers these days, but it manages to be both pompous and inaccurate. Property is a lawyer's word with a particular meaning, but we all know what a house is.

I may have to start clarifying matters when people refer to their property in the future. Just to ensure accuracy of course.