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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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Outsider's View

I dropped by the courthouse the other day with an old acquaintance who has reached his ninth decade, but who has never, until this week, seen the inside of a court. He was genuinely shocked - at the people in the waiting room, at the proceedings in the courtroom, and at the very thought of a cell.
Those of us in the trade take the whole thing for granted, but my friend's visit was a useful reminder that the vast majority of the public have, as is proper, no idea of what goes on in their name, and can live to a great age without any experience of being a defendant.