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