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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Monday, 18 April 2016
THIS BENCH SEEMS TO CONSIDER THAT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
Papiss Cisse who plays for Newcastle United was recently in court where he pleaded guilty to [I presume] driving not in accordance with a license aggravated by other offences. He was fined £220 and with other fines and costs left the court £547 poorer not forgetting 4 penalty points. Perhaps somebody can explain why the bench did not fine him £666 for the offence and increase the number of points handed out.
My time on the bench never involved me in any matter dealing with a multi millionaire sporting personality but had I been I would have sought to make a case for the highest financial penalty to have been imposed within the law and within a structured argument for that decision. For that bench to apparently not to have done so is a matter of regret. For the many thousands in the local area it will have brought the magistracy into disrepute. It demonstrates that equality before the law is limited by the appearance of some being more equal than others.