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, February 18, 2011


How would you sentence these hypothetical cases?

1) A private-hire driver has photocopied and laminated a Disabled badge, and uses it while dropping customers off at the airport. None of them is disabled.

2) A private-hire driver has his mother-in law's Disabled badge in the vehicle and uses it while dropping customers off at the station.

3) A fit young man uses a Disabled badge that he bought for £100 in the pub, to avoid the inconvenience of finding a parking space.

This offence is only fineable, they each plead guilty, and for today's purpose they each claim to be earning £350 per week.

CPS ask for £70 costs and the Surcharge has to be £15, unless there is good reason otherwise.