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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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Premature Adjudication?

We tried a case of Drunk In Charge the other day, the alleged offence having taken place last October. I was surprised to see that one of the driver's bail conditions, imposed by a DJ(MC) was not to drive any motor vehicle. Since the man was a professional driver, he had not worked while awaiting trial and was living on his dwindling savings. That seemed a bit heavy to me, so when we eventually convicted him and imposed a ban (which is discretionary for this offence) we reduced it by a period that reflected the time that his bail condition had been in force.