Wednesday, November 11, 2015
It's Murder Out There
I see from the media that there has been a recent murder quite near my courthouse. It appears that someone has been arrested, so when I sit later this week there is a small possibility that I shall see him or her. Once upon a time these cases routinely turned up on the magistrates' list, for a decision on bail before the inevitable committal to a higher court. We no longer have the job of deciding on bail in these cases so the whole business is over in a few minutes. Serious cases come on first, to allow the jailers downstairs to get the defendant on his way; the only unusual feature is a full press bench and perhaps a few more police than usual. Anticlimax reigns.