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, April 07, 2010


This is not a political blog, and I comment on political issues only when they affect my judicial function.
I am still a taxpayer though, and I was both interested and alarmed when dealing with a case last week; the defendant handed up his means form, and it turned out that his income from the state, including housing benefit,came to about £1000 per month. Grossed up for tax that equates to more than £15000 per year, so it came as no surprise that he has not worked for the last five years. It's stress, you see.