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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Afterthoughts on R v Richards LJ

1) Sir Stephen's DNA is and will remain on file indefinitely.

2) The court's reasons for acquittal were impeccably expressed but are still unlikely to placate the 'it's a fix' brigade.

3) A senior lawyer who knows all three parties on the bench as well as Sir Stephen says that this will set an irresistible precedent for DJs to sit with lay colleagues in the future.