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, 19 February 2015


Over the last decade many new driving offences have become law eg causing death by careless driving and just last week causing serious injury by driving while disqualified.  But whilst most serious driving error scenarios seem to be covered by some law or another the problem of the recalcitrant disqualified driver remains.  I cannot recall ever reading about a case which even approaches the level of disregard for court orders shown by this offender.  One wonders whether it is psychiatric treatment he requires in addition to a lifetime driving ban which of course is not an available disposal.  What is available is a CRASBO.  I am not an ardent supporter of this form of sentence or its predecessor but in a case such as this one there appears an argument in favour.  A deprivation order would have been apposite if the driver had been using his own vehicle.    All in all I would suggest that it is not unlikely that colleagues in Blackburn will be seeing this person once more before too long.

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