Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014


Arrived back yesterday for a two o`clock start and yet again a complainant is giving the CPS agent cause to request an adjournment. The upshot was that he refused to identify himself. All the while the defendant was looking quite smug behind the dock`s reinforced glass. The officer in the case, under oath, identified the reluctant witness as the person who had answered to his name at the address at which he was living when inquiries had been made by the officer. The agent seemed perplexed. She virtually asked the L/A in an audible aside as to what could be done. The chairman queried whether we should call the Spanish Inquisition. The case was dismissed and the defendant and witness  left the court together.

The remainder of our sitting was taken up by feeding off the crumbs of the four other courts sitting.  Not sure whether our non trials go into the "ineffective" or "cracked" column of the statistics.  Never mind......the three minor motoring offences for which one very stupid and two very arrogant defendants had appeared were in the "guilty after trial" column.  

1 comment:

  1. Eh? Are you suggesting that simply refusing to identify yourself is all you need to do to get off? Or a witness refused to identify themselves? Is prevarication not a route to the cells in your court.