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, July 31, 2008

True Story

Associate Prosecutor (DCW as was - aka Prosecutor-Lite):- (opposing bail for defendant) "and further, sir, he has two convictions for Failing To Surrender; both of them committed on bail".

Chairman:- (putting down pen and taking off glasses) "How else could he have committed them, Mr. Prosecutor?"
Legal Adviser to defendant:- "Please sit down momentarily". Fortunately the defendant sat down and stayed down until told to stand up again.
A disproportionate number of defendants give their date of birth as 1/1 in whatever year. I am told that in countries with no working system of recording births and deaths (and there are many) people can be fairly sure of their year of birth, so the authorities settle for January 1st as the day.