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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, January 26, 2007

Patronising Sod

There is a patronising sod who was recently quoted thus:-
He said he had written to the judiciary because home secretaries had to remind them of sentencing guidelines "from time to time".

Most judges are appointed in their forties and fifties after at least two decades practising law. The gentleman who made the above comment has held his office for about twelve months. That is why judges spend quite a lot of time trying, and often failing, to remind successive Home Secretaries of the basics of English law.