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.

Monday, August 09, 2010


Here is a story of a heavy-handed painter being dealt with by a heavy-handed policeman.
If this allegation had gone before a bench the prosecution would have had to prove it, so that the court could be sure that the damage was either reckless or deliberate. The CPS would not have let it through, I suspect. Instead the clumsy painter was pressured into accepting a ticket; I hope that the senior officer who took the decision to rescind it spent a few minutes giving advice to his PC as to the elements of the offence of criminal damage.