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, August 29, 2009


Man takes oath. Usher hands card to him, but he hands it back with an apologetic smile - "sorry sir, I can't read." Before the usher had time to read the words to him the man looked at me and said brightly: "I can speak Latin though." Noting my stunned look he said: "it was a Catholic school I went to."