One Rule for You…..

What is so offensive about this is the verisimilitude!

RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION!

A view from the North

A busy PCMH list. The case of Regina v Neerdowell is called on before Her Honour Judge Potts-Puntahs. Mr Harry Charles Andrews prosecutes and Miss Fi Owen defends.

The Court Clerk: Are you Richard Neerdowell?

Def: Yes, miss.

The Court Clerk: Thank you, sit down.

Miss Owen: Your Honour, I appear to defend and my learned friend Mr Andrews appears on behalf of the prosecution. It is my application that the defendant not be arraigned today as the prosecution only served the papers yesterday….

HHJ: Is that right Mr Andrews?

Mr Andrews: Yes, Your Honour.

HHJ: They were ordered to be served six weeks ago Mr Andrews.

Mr Andrews: I know You Honour. It is a minor miracle they are here now.

HHJ: We’ll say no more about it Mr Andrews. Whilst the orders of the court are important, justice being done in the end is what matters. Now, Miss…

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The lord chancellor is dismantling the rule of law

“Let’s be clear what the human rights attack really is. It is not about euroscepticism or common sense or any of the other justifications they are using. It is about scrapping legal protections against the state.”

Politics and Insights

995147_204045783079811_467247470_n“Ministers keep using the mantra that their proposals are to protect the most vulnerable when, quite obviously, they are the exact opposite. If implemented their measures would, far from protecting the most vulnerable, directly harm them. Whatever they do in the end, Her Majesty’s Government should stop this 1984 Orwellian-type misuse of language.”  – Lord Bach, discussing the Legal Aid Bill.Source: Hansard, Column 1557, 19 May, 2011.
 

Chris Grayling has been caught out again by the high court, this time for trying to protect insurance companies from people who have only a couple of years to live.Tomorrow he will try to scrap legal protections available to British citizens from the European Convention of Human Rights.It is a damning charge sheet. What we are witnessing is a full scale assault against the rights of citizens and an attempt to bolster the powers of the state and private companies. And…

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Better Early Than Never

A view from the North

A colleague of mine recently received a bad character application prepared by the prosecution. The application was sent out from the prosecution 12 days in advance of the next hearing in the case.

The Criminal Procedure Rules and common sense dictate that such applications should be made as soon as possible and at an early stage in the proceedings. This was not an early stage in the proceedings but at least it gave the defence 12 days to respond and, in the current climate, perhaps we should rejoice at this small victory.

The problem is that the application was sent out two weeks after the trial. The next hearing date is sentence.

Comical and depressing, all at the same time.

I know exactly what the problem will have been. It was dictated and went into typing weeks ago. There it will have languished for a while before being returned. Then…

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