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, February 07, 2008

Core Values

This lady is shortly to appear before a judge and jury at the Crown Court. On the face of it this seems a bit of a sledgehammer-to-crack-a-nut position (and it is) but that's what happens when you charge someone with an either-way offence and they exercise their right to elect jury trial. Somebody senior needs to have a look at this, with the word 'proportionate' firmly in mind.
If the prosecution (possibly not the CPS, maybe the local authority) go ahead the jury may well give a silly answer to a silly question.

At home we toss our apple cores on to the lawn for the birds - they are usually gone in 15 minutes.