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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Thursday, 21 August 2014


Well!  How would you deal with this and dozens of similar cases every month?


  1. Pretty much the same way; what else can you do? Bit surprised that costs were awarded, though. We usually discount them.

  2. I do not understand why compensation was ordered: to whom paid - the giver? Did the court have a named person?

    Street beggars and Drunk & Disorderlies are two of the categories courts deal with as best they can, which in reality is probably not that well or much help. Courts are not a social service and don't have means of rehabilitation at that low end of the scale. Often the offender is held in custody overnight (particularly D&D) and is simply fined a small amount and the fine paid off as time served. Unsatisfactory to all concerned but what else is to be done?