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.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Told You So

The man who killed and disposed of unwanted greyhounds has been sentenced today.
As I predicted at the time, he has been sentenced well within the magistrates' powers.
I always try (and our local Crown Court Resident Judge agrees) to deal with cases right up to the limit of our powers, to save the cost and delay of sending cases up for sentence. A surprisingly high proportion of committed cases end up being sentenced within the lower court's powers.