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.

Friday, April 02, 2010

The Old Ones Are The Best

I have commented before on the fact that the blizzard of new and often useless laws that we have recently endured has not stopped prosecutors using serviceable old laws such as the Vagrancy Act 1824 - we had one such on our list yesterday. That Act was passed nine years after Waterloo, and six years before the Great Reform Bill, yet it was used yesterday, in 2010, in London.
The language of the Act is wonderful; so much better then the prosaic tosh dished up today. Oh to be able to denounce some local malefactor as an incorrigible rogue and vagabond!
It would even make up for the fact that biscuits are about to be abolished by HMCS.