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.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Courts have made the BBC news twice today. Here is further evidence of the move away from court hearings in favour of so-called 'justice' dished out by police and prosecutors, and this reports on the continuing unfairness of the 'victim surcharge' that does not go directly to victims and applies only to fines - and even then only those imposed in the Magistrates' Court. John Humphrys interviewed a current Bench Chairman - I hope that nobody gets into trouble.