The Law Society has today started a campaign to urge the government to fix the broken criminal justice system in England & Wales, a campaign that we will be supporting wholeheartedly as we see people just like Peter every week.
The society has produced an animated video which can be seen below which highlights the story of Peter, a nurse who is wrongly prosecuted for an offence due to the police not disclosing vital evidence early, is suspended from his job, has his case delayed due to a failing court system and incurs huge debts in order to pay hefty legal aid contributions. Ultimately his case is dropped, but by that time he has suffered emotional stress and incurred debts. Sadly as Criminal Solicitors Peter’s story is one that we see regularly.
Remember what happened to Peter happens all the time and could happen to you or a member of your family. Please share this video and raise awareness.
Problems with the Criminal Justice System
AS CRIMINAL SOLICITORS BASED IN MANCHESTER FOR OVER 30 YEARS WE HAVE SEEN THE SYSTEM DETERIORATE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THIS IS NOT A SINGLE PROBLEM, BUT A MULTITUDE OF CUTS WHICH HAS LEFT THE SYSTEM IN A STATE OF TURMOIL AND UNLESS THINGS CHANGE THERE WILL BE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE DRAGGED THROUGH THE SYSTEM JUST LIKE PETER FACING PROBLEMS SUCH AS:
- Shortages of Duty Solicitors – Meaning that in many parts of England and Wales people who are arrested will not have access to free and independent legal advice even though it is their right.
- Legal Aid means testing is far to restrictive – Which results in people (often falsely accused) having to pay contributions well above their means.
- Inefficiency in the system – Courts are often double booked, or for a multitude of other errors cases are delayed meaning additional costs are incurred.
- Court closures – result in not only those accused, but also witnesses have to travel extremely long distances to attend court.
- Crucial evidence not being disclosed – Late or lack of disclosure has been reported on widely recently and we do not see the system getting any better. Squeezes to the prosecution and police budgets mean that evidence is looked at late or may not be looked at all.
You can read more about the Law Society campaign here or see their parliamentary briefing setting out recommendations for urgent changes