I had a pleasant meeting today (Sunday) with my magistrate mentor. He's an 8-year veteran, who is currently in the throes of his magistrate chairman training. The idea is that in my first year we will sit on the same panel of magistrates together on between three and six occasions. The fact that he isn't yet a chairman means that when we do sit together there will be two old-hands with me, which is quite a comforting thought.
The workbook is hard-going. I've been repeatedly told that we're not expected to have mastered it before we attend training, but I'm someone who finds it difficult to do part of a job.
One of the ways I'm attempting to get on top of the material is with mind maps. I've recently discovered the FreeMind software which makes it very easy to draw them. Here's my crib notes on Road Traffic offences for example :-
Finally, some trivia on Road Traffic offences with which to amaze your friends:
- You can get points on your license for disobeying a "Stop" sign, but not a "Give Way" sign
- Kerb Crawlers can be disqualified from driving, even though the offence is not one which involves getting points on your licence.
- Any sob-story you use to attempt to escape disqualification cannot be reused within 3 years.