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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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Great Leveller

I had to drop by the courthouse today to collect some paperwork. I went in via the front door,which is not my normal route, but I paused as I crossed the threshhold because there was a furtive group hanging around near one of the emergency exits.

On taking a closer look I discerned three ushers, a police officer, a Crown prosecutor and a couple of hastily turned backs.

The common factor?

All having a crafty fag**, of course.

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** Any American speaker who is alarmed by this should call the British Embassy Cultural Attaché in Washington DC for a clarification. The number is on the website www.brits-are-us.com. Calls are charged at $20 per minute.