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.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bad Things Happen

I know next to nothing about civil law, but it is my understanding (and certainly that of very many people) that it is safer from a legal point of view not to make any attempt to clear snow and ice, because if you do it less than perfectly you may be liable for injuries to others, whereas leaving your path or car park or whatever covered in untouched snow and ice leaves you bulletproof. This has to be bad law; the sum total of accidents and injuries will be higher with snow left uncleared than if efforts are made to have a go at it, even imperfect ones.
When I am elected as an MP by acclamation my first Bill will be the Bad Things Happen Even To Nice People Bill, short title "Shit Happens - Live With It".
Don't hold your breath.