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.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Tough Stuff

A judge of my acquaintance is wont to say, when delivering an address to newly-sworn magistrates, that you must be prepared, in the line of duty, to ruin someone's life.

We got close to that today, convicting a man in his fifties of an offence that will assuredly result in him losing his job and being unable to get another in the same line of business.

He deserved it, and our verdict was one that we were comfortable with. Nevertheless, it is an awesome thing to look into a man's eyes and tell him that his world has just fallen apart.