Friday, December 29, 2006

Well Down to Standard

A courtroom. Three magistrates. A legal adviser. An usher. A volunteer from Witness Support. A prosecutor. A barrister for the defence.

Guess what's missing? That's right:- the defendant and the witnesses.

Where are they? Well, the CPS assured the court three weeks ago that they had all been warned to attend, and so the court assumed that would be the case. But the witnesses (police officers and the victim) had not been warned, and they were not in court. The victim then gave the unsavoury mess another stir by claiming to have forgotten all about the incident, and deciding not to turn up.

Cost? A thousand or two. That's just in money though. Cost to justice?

Priceless.

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