Those who receive a stipend; in other words they act as Justices of the Peace, but receive payment for their services. They are appointed to serve in certain of the large towns where the duties would be too onerous for a bench of unpaid magistrates. They sit almost daily, even on Bank Holidays, to deal with minor offences, or to commit more serious cases to the higher courts, such as the Assizes or the Quarter Sessions. In London and the suburbs, there are nearly twenty police courts with about thirty such magistrates to preside over them. See also Justices of the Peace.
A taxicab driver is bound to accept a fare if his vehicle is standing empty on the rank or travelling along the road. You are not obliged to hire the first taxicab on the rank, although most people are under the impression that this is imperative.