It’s sad that , as far as I know ,no NI barrister has provided a similar critique. Of course, in the Bar Library, they are terrified of the Judiciary and/or they brown nose them every chance they get, at functions, dinner parties and who knows what else? So , what chance the public, whom they serve, ever getting the real picture?
The campaign to highlight the lamentable failure of the Judicial and HMCTS enabling or facilitation of disclosure abuse gathers pace as more examples are exposed to view. The willingness of some courts and HMCTS personnel to frustrate the law and criminal procedure rules has reached scandalous proportions. This is now a daily occurrence.
We have become like the old Soviet Union with a superficially attractive criminal code that the judicial establishment ignore. Not only do the Courts increasingly fail to deal with these issues but often in their anxiety to let the Crown ‘off the hook’ they ingeniously find ways to blame the very lawyers bringing to the courts attention CPS failures. Sometimes this is accompanied with unwarranted rudeness and discourtesy and bogus criticism displayed to defence advocates in front of clients and their families.
My own recent example of the court failing to deal with the almost total absence…
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