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.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


There is now general public awareness that anti-terrorism legislation is routinely misused in cases where there is not the slightest suggestion that a real terrorist threat might be involved. Here is another one. Two lads in a car take a photograph of police officers and are stopped under the terrorism law. It then transpires that they have committed other offences. Many Police officers have been misdirected by their own superiors about the public's right to take photographs of officers, children, and who-knows-what else and many innocent members of the public have been forced to delete innocuous photographs.
The other interesting thing about this report is that the young man was dealt with by the Chief Magistrate, no less. Must be the smell of fame and the Harry Potter connection.

Later:- Tim Workman tried Amy Winehouse too.