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About utterbarrister

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

Disdain, contempt & discourtesy – not holding my breath – UPDATE

Well, gentle reader, you have read my last rant in your droves (how many exactly is a drove? 1 or 2? who knows?) Just to update you, as so many have very kindly supported my stance and understood my anger… … Continue reading

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Disdain, contempt, discourtesy – The Court and The Bar – an entirely one-way street

I certainly don’t have hours of spare time to devote to ranting for my spiritual well-being, and (hopefully) for your fleeting entertainment. However, I am coming firmly to the view that unless we scream these injustices from the mountaintop whenever … Continue reading

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I don’t bloody think so Your Honour!

So, another day, another rant. Today, punter, who pleaded guilty, in April 2015, is finally up for sentence – listed at 09:30. Sadly he is in custody at Highpoint. Guess what…. He’s not here yet. There’s no eta yet. The … Continue reading

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Ongoing List Farrago

Tomorrow in Kingston upon Thames – any better? Well gentle reader, have a guess…. Court 11 – sitting at 10:00 AM HER HONOUR JUDGE COELLO For Application U20160217 POCA X 1 For Application to Vary Bail Conditions T20160137 SMITH Joe … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Listing – how far down the list do the Bar come?

It has become increasingly apparent that List Officers given even less of a fig than ever about any semblance of assistance to counsel or common sense and fair play in day to day listing. They refuse to list mentions when … Continue reading

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Matthias, Son of Deuteronomy of Gath, has voted YES!

There are three realistic options of what the future holds for us: The doomsayers believe we are all screwed no matter what. By Xmas the fat lady will have sung. The independent Criminal Bar will be dead. The contracts will … Continue reading

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