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, November 06, 2008

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged............

According to The Times, we are to be blessed with 2700 new judges, as the chairmen of Employment Tribunals and the like get a posh new job title. Something similar happened when the Stipendiary Magistrates were renamed as 'District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)' - snappy, eh?
I have to warn my judicial fellows that while being called a Judge may carry a bit of respec' at dinner-party level, it also makes you fair game for a monstering in the tabloids. EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL CHAIRMAN IN ROW is not a headline that I ever recall seeing, but CALL TO SACK JUDGE IN (INSERT PROBLEM HERE) ROW is much more likely.
Good luck lads. The boys and girls at The Sun are sharpening their pencils as you read this.