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Knowledge of local circumstances, the use of which is implicit in the concept of local, lay magistrates. In Chesson v Jordan [1981] Crim LR 333, the Divisional Court held that such knowledge could not and should not be excluded from the court's mind when drawing inferences. However, in Bowman v DPP (1990) 154 JP 524 the same court held that magistrates should make known to the prosecution and defence that local knowledge was being relied upon and give the parties the opportunity to make representations regarding the knowledge which they claim to have.

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