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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.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Decision Time

You are on the bench on a wet Tuesday in November. Traffic was bad, and somebody has nicked the last chocolate biscuit from the tin.
It's a trial. A woman in her fifties has been charged with failing to stop and report an accident. Apparently she hit a parked car, and then left the scene after calling her name out, saying 'you know where to find me'. She obviously did stop as she left the scene on foot, so the issue is whether or not she gave her particulars to anyone who reasonably required them.
Her barrister tells you that her picture has appeared in the press and on TV on most days in the last year, so calling out her name was sufficient. Her business address is a well-known one in SW1.
So can she be guilty under S170(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988?

(any resemblance to a current case is purely coincidental, of course)