Absolutely. You'd think the judge was dealing with some kids guilty of a little horse play. I thought stupid behaviour was larking about, getting into mischief. Seems it means manslaughter/murder nowadays.
British "JUSTICE", Hahaaaaaaaaaaa Hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!, Oh Dear....Oh dear dear dear!...Priceless just Fcuking priceless, Time to Die I think, or start killing these stinking young killers, because the Courts seem to be hell bent on rewarding the scroty barstewards, what a mess, what a God awfull mess this once great country is in, and after ten years of of a so called Labour government, the "Party of the Working Man". GTF.
I see this is so many areas ... the Magistracy and Judiciary utterly failing to reflect Society's perceptions of what is really BAD.
From today's local paper [OK, we don't know the full story]
1. Possessing 2 firearms at home = fined Â£150
2. Failing to produce Driving License & Insurance, and 50mph in a 40mph limit = fined Â£360.
3. Driving carelessly = Â£600.
4. Driving whilst holding a mobile 'phone = Â£100.
5. Grave and Criminal Assault = Â£450. And, for spitting in the street a month previously, "bound over for 12 months".
6. Driving without insurance = Â£400.
They get compensation for everything these days, so why not for the time in doors before the 'not guilty'. No this time should not be taken off any sentenceing as they already get a 3rd off their sentence for 'good behaviour'!
Lesson from history: Capt Hugh Pigot (1769 - 1797).
If a man decided to get drunk on a Satrurday night at sea by hoarding his tot, he expected to get a dozen lashes the following Monday; that was, in effect, the going rate. If a man deserted he knew he risked being hanged and would certainly get at least 300 lashes. But Pigot played havoc with these accepted values: he gave a man 36 lashes for desertion; nine days later another man was given only 24 for the same offence. Ten days later a man received only 12 lashes for desertion â and on the same day a man received 12 for disobedience. Thus he showed his men, on 12 March 1795, that disobedience and desertion were equal in his mind. A fortnight later he awarded one man 24 for mutiny, another 24 for disobedience, and three others 24 each for drunkenness. So the men saw they could mutiny and get only the same punishment as they would if they were found drunk. Then, a month later, a man who only attempted to desert was given the most lashes that Pigot had ever ordered, four dozen.
Pigotâs inconsistent punishment meant that the menâs sense of values was given a violent shock.
You don't need formal qualifications or legal training to become a magistrate.
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...Because of the need to maintain public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary, employees in a small number of occupations (for example, police officers and members of the regular Armed Forces) cannot become magistrates...
I think it's more to do with the separation of powers. The army was traditionally called out to support the Civil Power at the behest of a local Magistrate - the Riot Act was an example of the kind of situation Magistrates could call on armed force to restore public order.
Obviously, an Army Officer acting as a Magistrate had a conflict of interest and just imagine the chaos if a subordinate could use his position as a Magistrate to overrule his superior.