The problem of costly and spurious cases clogging up the courts will be tackled by new plans for Trial by Ordeal announced by Justice Secretary Killaburglar Grayling LC.
The proposals would reduce the number of ill-founded defences so that guilty people can be dealt with more swiftly and effectively.
The changes will not alter the important role the CPS plays in holding the guilty to account but will instead deal with the unnecessary defence lawyers in the system. The number of not guilty verdicts has rocketed in the past three decades.
Lord KillaBurglar Grayling LC said:
‘The Government is concerned about the burdens that proving guilt in criminal cases are placing on stretched public services as well as the unnecessary costs and lengthy delays which are stifling innovation and economic growth – particularly in the prisons construction sector headed by our friends in the prisons biz, now they have recovered from the Olympics fiasco.
‘We plan to renew the system so that Prosecutions will continue their important role but the courts and economy are no longer hampered by having to deal with defences being put forward and ensure the defendant knows they have no chance of success. We will publish our proposals shortly.’
The measures which will be considered include:
- Shortening the length of time following arrest of guilty people so that they can be put to Trial by Ordeal within 24 hours and stopping people from using tactical delays including the employment of counsel to defend them.
- Halving the number of opportunities currently available to guilty people to demonstrate their skills by taking forward planned action to bang them up in advance of their actions
- Reforming the current fees paid to lawyers to such a level to dissuade them from even thinking about acting pro bono
A public engagement exercise on the plans will be carried out shortly and kicked into the long grass for implementation after 2015.
Mea culpa – for the nonsense above – but I marvel at times… I really do.
Adam Wagner of the excellent UK Human Rights blog – thankfully – had time to deal with this issue of the MoJ plans on Judicial Review – more seriously – an excellent read: A war on Judicial Review? [updated]