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.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Oh Good - Here's Another Bright Idea

The BBC reports on a new and exciting criminal justice initiative from the Downing Street sofa - a fifteen quid surcharge on all fines to benefit victims. No surcharge on fixed penalties though, the government is terrified enough of the driving lobby as it is.

Unfortunately, the court has an overriding duty, enshrined in law, to make financial penalties reasonably payable having regard to the defendant's means. So what we will have to do is to reduce the fine by £15, before sticking this ridiculous imposition on top.

Has any of these politicians even seen the inside of a magistrates' court?