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.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More About Assange

The Wikileaks man has now been granted conditional bail, but remains inside while the bail decision is appealed. The CPS quite often appeals bail these days, but I have no idea of their success rate.

One slightly curious thing though - it appears that the District Judge imposed a mixture of a security (i.e. a cash deposit) of £200,000 with two sureties (promises to pay if he doesn't turn up) of £20,000 each. I have never seen a mixture like this, but I guess it has to be legal if the Chief Magistrate has done it. Looking at the financial status of supporters such as the Goldsmith heiress Jemima Khan, I can't imagine why their sureties wouldn't do, but readies are what is required.