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, May 21, 2010


In dealing with a breach of ASBO today (Usual story, ninth breach, prison already used, hopeless alcoholic, too mad to be on the street but not mad enough to be sectioned) my usual idiocy-filter was overwhelmed by reading of an ASBO condition 'not to throw anything at any person object or property'.

FFS, as they say on the wilder shores of the Internet. It's already illegal to throw stuff at people and things. Who thought it was a good idea to stick this in as an ASBO prohibition?

Any chance of adding this to your to-do list, Mr. Clarke?