There’s a new second, longer list, and advocates are at the bottom of that one!

Another week, another listing farrago….

Birmingham Crown Court this time. POCA mention – CPS suggest taking it out of the list last week as no one’s ready and there are extra-jurisdictional enquiries still ongoing, but Court orders that it remain in. So three counsel have to rock up at Birmingham for a 3 minute mention, to adjourn the hearing to complete the enquiries that we told the Court about last week. Total waste of time, effort and money.

And then there’s the listing…
Court 7 – sitting at 10:00 AM

MR RECORDER GOODCHILD

Committal for Sentence
S20160384 ARNOLD Dwayne

NOT BEFORE 10:15 AM
For Sentence
T20151051 JONES Daniel L
GREER Tracey

T20158028 WOOD Robert C
T20158033 JACKSON George W
ROBINSON Curtis L

NOT BEFORE 10:30 AM
Breach of Requirements of Community Service Order
S20160365 BUSH Conor P

For Directions
T20147796 OWUSU-KYEREMATEN Kwasi
RE: POCA
T20148297 HARRIS Andre A
RE: POCA

T20148582 MORRIS Stephen R
MINOR David J
RE: POCA.

For Sentence
T20158015 WALFORD Mark A

T20150338 WOOD Stuart
AYAZ Syed
CORLESS Terry D

AYAZ REQ URDU INTERPRETER- AYAZ NOW REMANDED AT HMP WORMWOOOD SCRUBS

So we have a 10:00 sentence, followed by a two-handed sentence and a three-handed sentence at 10:15. Then another sentence at 10:30. Then our pointless POCA mention. But the court doesn’t start until about 10:30 in the first place. And the Court then takes the sentence that was meant to follow the POCA mentions before the mentions – without any reference to us. No consent, no consultation, no discussion.

We are now at 12:35 and we’re still not on, for our pointless 3 minute mention that could have been dealt with by email quite easily but no – let’s keep three senior(ish) counsel hanging around for over 2 hours, for 3 minutes in Court, after 1 1/2 hour travel there, awaiting a lovely 1 1/2 hr journey back. And they’ve just called something else on that is after us in the list….

How can a sensible and efficient Criminal Justice Service operate like this?
How can we be treated like this, we are professionals and you would have thought rather central to the operation of the CJS?
Why does no one do anything about it?

Had enough, oh Lord, have I had enough.

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About utterbarrister

Long-suffering, hard-working barrister in Criminal Practice at Chambers of John Coffey QC, 3 Temple Gardens, London
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