Avoiding the Cracks

A view from the North

Disturbing news reaches me from Aylesbury. Now there is a phrase that I have never had cause to use before. I apologise to Aylesbury if I have the location incorrect.

The news is this – in a Crown Court, believed to be Aylesbury, counsel and/or solicitors for both sides are being told that they have to attend an additional hearing, held on the last Tuesday of every month, in order to explain why their trial cracked on the day.

My blood boils.

We are used to seeing newspaper reports about out of touch Judges. That is something that always made me laugh as the Judiciary will experience more of all strata in society than most. Yet this practice demonstrates just how out of touch some criminal Judges are with the day to day realities of criminal law.

The very last thing Counsel need is yet another hearing for which they…

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