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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Anger Non-Management

I sat on a trial last week that was quite fascinating as a study of the petty hatreds and paranoia that can be found in neat and expensive suburban streets. Unfortunately I can't say too much about it without running the risk of the case being identifiable, but there were wild allegations of unacceptable conduct involving gardening techniques, and totally unsupported claims of attempted mayhem. Unfortunately we are not allowed to knock parties' heads together. We threw the case out though, since the evidence was desperately thin. I do wish that people would not make criminal allegations in an attempt to settle what is essentially a civil matter.