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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Leafing through the criminal record of one of today's defendants I realised that I had, as often happens, been handed the full print, from front page with summaries to non-conviction disposals at the back. So far, so routine, but yet again I was infuriated to spot a recorded caution for Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm. That is a serious crime of violence and should be dealt with by a court, not a hurried and secretive stitch-up in a police station.