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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.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Few Proposals From Some Bill Or Other

I quote, from some newspaper:-

"Gives police the power to bar suspected domestic violence offenders from their homes for a period, even when not charged".
So if the police - suspect - that a man (it will usually be a man) is beating his wife, then they will, without charging him, and without taking him before a court, be able to ban him from his own home and family.

Just for the record, I have strong views on domestic violence - I am against it. But this is simple tyranny, driven by good intentions but giving the police without any judicial intervention the power to turn a legally innocent person out of his (or exceptionally her) home. That is too much power to give to police or to any extra judicial body.