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.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

A Bit Thin?

When a Bail Application is being made the Prosecutor may put the Crown's objections to bail, such as fear of failure to surrender, commit further offences, or interfere with witnesses. Very rarely, and usually in the case of mentally disordered people, there may be an application to remand them in custody for their own protection.
The other day, opposing bail for a man accused of carrying a bladed article, the CPS suggested a remand in custody 'for his own protection' because if he went out again with a blade it might be used against him. We thought that was just a bit too thin.