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.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Er - Run That By Me Again, Please

It has been suggested on a website frequented by magistrates that unpaid work orders (a commonly-used sentencing disposal) might usefully include snow clearance.

Excuse me?

Do these people have any idea of the time that it takes the lumbering bureaucracy of probation to take even the simplest idea on board? Risk assessments, consultation, the whole panoply of govenment departments mean that the whole idea could not be brought to fulfilment in much under a year.

For the record, chaps, snow has a habit of melting after a few days, or even, where I live, a week or two. Hardly time to compose an email, is it?