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.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


I have just done a live telephone interview on Radio Five Live about the prisons crisis. I was happy to do it, but slightly alarmed to find that the other interviewee was Lord Scott, a Law Lord, no less. The BBC allowed me to call myself John, so perhaps I won't be hunted down!