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.

Monday, February 05, 2007


There is a bit of fuss on the radio at the moment about someone who was charged with kidnapping a young man whom he had caught red-handed doing something or other. I was reminded of a case a few years ago where a minicab driver had a dispute over his fare with a passenger, and drove past the passenger's house and kept going while the argument continued. He was duly arrested and charged with kidnapping. The driver wanted to see a lawyer so we gave him unconditional bail and that was the end of it as the CPS took one look and decreed NFA - No Further Action.