Obstruction of the Highway - Guilty: 04/05/21

Court date



City of London Magistrates’ – Court 3

Hearing date:


Tuesday, 4th May 2021

Bench (DJ or JPs)


D.J. Woodcock

Charged with:


S137. Wilful Obstruction of the Highway on 9/10/19 at Whitehall

Represented by:


Jake Carr (Kelly’s)

Please outline key points in prosecution and defence cases.


This case followed the usual S137 route. Although Sophie was ‘of good character’ and reckoned she had ‘lawful excuse’ and ‘lawful authority’, the judge disagreed, rejecting necessity and lawful excuse.

After summing up, he said, “I don’t doubt your sincerity. I have four children myself. As a judge, I would not encourage them to break the law”.

Was defence evidence submitted in writing?



Did defence witness(es) give evidence in person? Were they cross-examined?

Yes, yes

What was the verdict,
sentence, costs?



9 mths c/d; £775 costs; £21 v/s to be paid in 28 days.

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