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.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fame and Misfortune

The Sun runs a front-page splash today about a 13 year old child who impregnated a 15 year old child and has now become a father. There are photographs of parents and child, and lip-smacking copy about this event.
Now if any of the people in this story, father, mother, or child, appeared in my court as defendants witnesses or victims I would be expected to announce an order, punishable with the weight of the law, that nothing might be published that would serve to identify any of the young people involved.
This is not just a 'story', but a tragedy for a number of people, above all this helpless baby. I don't know a lot about family law, but I do hope that the courts are able to wrap a legal cocoon about this unfortunate infant, to prevent it from becoming a star turn in the grotesque freakshow that our mass media now embody.