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, January 04, 2010


We recently dealt with a handful of Fishing Without a Licence cases. I don't understand why they have to come to court rather than being dealt with by fixed penalty, when offences of violence and theft are deemed suitable for out-of-court disposals.
The Environment Agency prosecutor helpfully handed up a list of the various licence fees to help us in assessing fines, and I was amused, as ever, to see the distinction between coarse fish and eels (£26) and salmon and sea trout (£70). The Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal has its pleasant stretches, but the salmon fishing is rubbish, so I wouldn't suggest you waste money on a licence to catch them. There are nice ones on offer in Tescos anyway.