The Monday Message – Better Together

Jaime’s Monday Message. This paragraph sums it up for me.

“At the forefront of all that the CBA do must be the preservation and improvement of the Criminal Justice System. Quality should be placed at the very core of everything the CJS seeks to do. Yes efficiency is important. Yes cost is a factor. But the CBA must drive the system out of failure, beyond competence and to a landscape where quality is the overriding feature.”

Read it together with my last reBlog of Dan Bunting’s Protocol. The Criminal Bar HAS to take a lead here. If management can see and understand the support for the measures Dan proposes which will achieve the goals .jaime sets out, we CAN still do something to save the CJS

A view from the North

This is the piece I wrote for CBA’s Monday Message

When Tony Cross asked me to contribute to the Monday Message he suggested “nothing too controversial.” For those of you, like me, who have spent twenty years sitting in Circuit meetings with Tony will appreciate that this is a little like having the Big Bad Wolf suggest you give vegetarianism a go.

So what can I, a middle of the road, middle aged criminal hack, write for inclusion in the MM? It is not for me to issue the parish notices. It is not for me to state the official CBA policy. So I have settled on this – what I would like to see the CBA doing in the next twelve months.

And it is this: Continue being controversial.

The last eighteen months have seen the CBA tackle the issues facing the Bar with dynamism, gusto and tactics previously…

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Saving the CJS, one protocol at a time …

If ever there was a blueprint for the way forward, this is it. Time for a bit of sinew stiffening in high places.
We owe it to ourselves, AND everyone affected by the CJS to do this.
Well done Dan

Dan Bunting - A Life in the Bus Lane


Following a discussion on the SUKJ Facebook page as to what defence lawyers can do, I’ve had a bash at a ‘Protocol’ that all defence lawyers can sign up to as to how cases should be conducted.

This recognises that we have a duty under the CPR to ensure the efficient use of Court resources and to minimise disruption to complainants, defendants and other witnesses. We have repeatedly tried to engage the MoJ with this, and have been repeatedly ignored.

In light of that, it seems that we need to take action to resolve this. It may be that some of this seems extreme, but the CJS is collapsing around us. We are not just a cog in a justice-processing machine, we have a response to act.

Going Forward

This is something bashed out on my laptop on the way to Court. Some of it is sensible, some not…

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