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.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

From Bad to Erse (2)

Today is St. Patrick's Day, which means that it is just over a year since we convicted two members of our most notorious local Irish family of a theft. They went not guilty of course, but their story was comically thin and we had no problem making up our minds. We decided to impose a three-month curfew from 7 pm to 6 am, seven days a week. When I announced this, they pleaded with us to change our minds and to impose a period of unpaid work. Their protests were of no avail, and that was when we realised that they would not be in the pub on St. Paddy's night with the rest of their clan, but stuck indoors. Electronic tags made sure that they stayed there too.