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, May 31, 2011

This Doesn't Feel Right

This programme (available on BBC iPlayer for a limited time) tells the worrying story of two British tourists who ran into big legal trouble when they inadvertently passed forged Euro notes, one in Austria and one in Cyprus. One forged note appears to have come from an unwise deal done in the street with a stranger, the other from Thomas Cook. I know next to nothing about foreign jurisdictions, but if it is the case that you can be convicted and imprisoned for passing a forged note without any proof that you knew it to be forged that seems to be contrary to natural justice. I am no lawyer, but I do know that most offences (apart from strict liability ones such as motoring matters) in this country need to have been committed deliberately.
Can anyone out there clarify this?