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, January 15, 2009

More on POCA

We ordered a sum north of £100,000 to be forfeit under the Proceeds of Crime Act recently. The chap who was found to have it offered three different accounts of its provenance in the first half hour of his chat to the police, and was caught out in two obvious lies.
My colleagues had previously detained the money, three months at a time. Today solicitors sent a letter to the court saying that the forfeiture application was not opposed. So two flourishes of my pen to produce my special can't-read-it court signature and the dosh was on its way to Alistair Darling's eager and sweaty palm. Okay, he still has a few billion to go, but every little helps, as the ads say.