Thursday, 22 May 2014

Government have yanked nuts from vice

A few posts down this blog pointed out that criminal lawyers have got the government in a bind by claiming that legal aid is insufficient to cover defending people in complex cases. A fraud case was stayed by His Hon Anthony Leonard QC who claimed no fair trial could take place.

The government have now appealed and got that decision quashed by the Appeal Court. The case is to be re-listed.

It's not clear how the case could go ahead through. The defendants could try to represent themselves but in practice non-lawyers would struggle in the Crown Court - the process relies on everyone knowing  what they are doing. It would grind to a halt if the judge has to lead the defendants by the hand the whole way.

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