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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Wednesday, 28 June 2017


See who pays the biggest fines at magistrates` courts.


  1. An interesting but misleading table. Looking at the average fine by Local Justice Area you can see they vary between £351 to £47. There could be loads of reasons for the variation, from incorrect calculation, to local areas of deprivation, to a policy of Conditional Discharges for those with no disposable assets. It would be worth the MoJ to challenge the top 10 and the bottom 10 results and ask for clarification.

  2. I'd also have to note that fines levied are not necessarily fines paid.