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, April 16, 2008


London's courts have been reorganised yet again, and they are now 'clustered' which centralises a lot of admin functions. With typical HMCS efficiency my cluster has not yet designated anyone to authorise magistrates' expenses, so I am still owed money from February and March. I do not claim loss of earnings, so this is cash that I have actually spent on travel and suchlike.
I am cross because this typifies HMCS' casual attitude towards the magistrates they are there to serve, and because I did not volunteer as a JP in order to make an interest free loan to the Government.