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.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Bit Of A Cheek

Doug has emailed to remind me of a rather cheeky aspect of the new HMCS fees order. HMCS can and do charge for Magistrates performing duties away from Court. If Doug performs a Police Attestation ceremony at Police HQ, in his own time at evenings or weekends, with no legal or administrative involvement from the Court, this attracts a fee of £50.00 plus £10.00 per officer attesting. In this case it's just transferring money from one public body to another, but the public can be caught too; for example if I sign a passport or driving licence application or similar, and that is the reason why I usually deal with these things in the pub, where I can expect a pint and HMCS doesn't get its rip-off fee.