RE: Bar Strikes Leanne Ballato 19 Apr 2018 11:58 BST
Hi everyone I was at Snaresbrook CC on Tuesday in front of HHJ Canavan. In a multi handed matter. Of the 4 defendant's, one was unrepresented. All were on bail though. Canavan gave strong advice to the unrepresented guy: a) that he speaks to his solicitors to find out what they intended to do case with his case b) if he would like to instruct another firm who have HCA's then to instruct them and that she would transfer legal aid immediately. I'm not sure what power she has to do that. She took pleas from the others and we all have to go back in 2 weeks. The solicitors on that occasion didn't communicate sufficiently with the court, if at all. Cananvan got them on the phone during the hearing asking questions - you don't want that! So best to email rep's re your position to the court or send someone to the hearing so you can to explain to the Judge and your client what the position is (not a HCA). You should send someone especially if your client is unaware of the strike action so that they are informed. That was a major criticism from Canavan that the solicitors were not keeping client updated. I was informed at the Vigil last night that Judges at other courts are a bit more sympathetic so I think it depends where you are and who you are in front of as to how it is going to pan out. -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Mark Troman Sent: 19 April 2018 11:25 To: Emma Lambie <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com Subject: RE: Bar Strikes The 1st April action will not really be brought into fruition until this Monday. Those cases charged after Sunday 1/4/18 would only start to be heard from the 30th. We should resist any attempt to reduce credit for unrepresented defendants. Perhaps, in correspondence, solicitors should be seeking adjournments of PTPHs rather than the setting of timetables because of exactly that concern. Or, for those in custody, request the court set both a trial date but a further PTPH date so as not to prejudice their position regarding credit. Remember though, under the new guidelines, credit for IO or EW matters starts to diminish from the MC, where most defendants would not have met their trial advocate in any event. I fear that sets a precedent here. Doesn't mean we shouldn't argue it. Those affected by the action of the summer of 2015 might recall how judges dealt with this for their clients. -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Emma Lambie Sent: 19 April 2018 11:02 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Bar Strikes Anyone any experience of custody cases for PTPH subject to the strike and how courts have dealt with them? Credit? 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