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, October 27, 2006

Just In Case You Didn't Realise

Driving without Insurance is a Bad Thing. If you are caught doing it you will be fined and you may well be banned from driving. At the very least you will get six points on your licence. So far, so bad.

You can make it worse though. Just arrange for a forged insurance certificate, and present that to the court. Then, apart from all the trouble of a conviction for no insurance, you can be charged with Using a False Instrument. That carries a maximum of six months in prison at the magistrates' court and/or a fine of £5000, but is also Either Way, which means that it can be sent up to the Crown Court. Judges understandably take a dim view of this sort of thing, and you might be absent from your usual haunts for some time.