Not Saussure

September 30, 2006

The Magistrate’s Blog: Competition Time

Filed under: Blogroll, Law — notsaussure @ 5:15 pm

Bystander JP, author of The Magistrate’s Blog, is running a competition with a handsome prize.

Essentially, people willing to admit to a minor crime may, in future, be offered the chance to accept a ‘conditional caution’ rather than worry the courts with the matter. One of the conditions will be for the offender to write a letter of apology to the victim. He explains:

I don’t know how the system is going to overcome the fact that a good half of our defendants are functionally illiterate, and half of those struggle to write their own name. Many communicate only in grunts. Our ushers are well used to filling in means forms, and more often than not ask the defendants to repeat the oath rather than risk them reading it off a card.

His worship invites us to have a go, asking that we write letters

apologising for imaginary crimes, of assault on PC or civilian, theft, vandalism, drunkenness, public order offences, that kind of thing. I shall award extra marks for any letters that manage to conceal lack of remorse in a cloak of apparent apology. But feel free to write whatever you like.

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