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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Apocrypha 18

When I had just been sworn in somebody told me that a Justice of the Peace was empowered to visit any prison within the Commission area for which he sat, at any hour of the day or night, and inspect the condition of the prisoners.

"I shouldn't bother though" said my informant. "They'll only tell you to get lost, probably speaking through the letterbox".

That was my first realisation that I had greater power in theory than in practice.