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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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Innovations Catalogue

It is now an offence to trespass in Windsor Castle and Downing Street. Six months, it's worth. It's nonsense of course, but typical of the current craze for making laws that are mere gestures. Still, none of these places are on my turf, so why should I even bother to read about it?
And another thing - my Bench Chairman tells me that HM Courts' Service has no way at present to account separately for the victim surcharges that are being imposed, so they are setting aside a sum that they think is about right. So not only is not a penny going to victims, nobody can even be sure if it's the right amount of money going into the pot.
Lucky I'm not a cynic, isn't it?