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, July 30, 2009


I saw a chap this week who had been arrested and charged with being in charge of a bicycle while drunk, under the Licensing Act 1874.** He pleaded not guilty and arrangements have been made to hear the case in a couple of months when witnesses are available.

Elsewhere, people are being cautioned for ABH.

Funny, that.

** I am told that should be 1872. Mea culpa. Of course someone on here had to spot it - what an amazing lot you are.