When you’re sentenced to a court appearance, the bailiff will often ask the court to make you hand over a mug.
But in the case of someone who has a criminal record and who has not been convicted, the magistrate can decide to not hand them over, according to a report in the Sunday Times.
“If the person has a history of criminal behaviour, the person may not be willing to take the mug and the magistrate will not have to make them,” Justice Served Senior Justice Michael McGovern said.
“The magistrate has the discretion to ask the person to turn over a small amount of money.”
Justice Served said it was important for those on probation or parole to know how they can avoid having to face a mugging.
He said people who had no previous convictions should not be asked to leave the courtroom.
“If they’re in trouble, you shouldn’t have a mug in your hand,” Justice McGovern told news.com of Queensland.
“They should be respectful and don’t make eye contact.
If you’re in a meeting, don’t say anything.
Don’t say hello to anybody.
If somebody’s been drinking, don, don.
It’s really important that you don’t get mugged.”
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