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.

Monday, August 31, 2009


At last the Government has come up with the answer to drink-fuelled misbehaviour on our streets. It's reported in The Independent today.
The Mags' Association thinks, as do I, that the measures will prove to be unnecessary and useless as there is a vast body of law already in existence that will deal with these offences. As for the potential fine of £2500 for breaching the order; don't make me laugh. In practice, and in line with the Guidelines, the highest likely fine for someone who is not working (i.e. most of the courts' customers) is around £200.