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If you have recently experienced a delay in a criminal court please take a moment to leave a short reply below which explains:

(1) How long the delay was;

(2) When and in which court it happened;

(3) What caused the delay;

(4) The case name, if disclosable (please respect any reporting restrictions which may be in place).

It’s up to you what information you post about yourself of course, but be aware that anonymous replies will carry less weight than replies from identifiable and credible sources.

If you would prefer not to have your reply (or part of your reply) posted here but you still want to inform us of a delay (or matters relating to a delay) which you have experienced, please send us an email at courtdelays@5kbw.co.uk and we will treat it in confidence.

Please do try to ensure the accuracy of any information provided as the purpose of this exercise will be frustrated if the Ministry of Justice is presented with unreliable data.

Many thanks,

The South Eastern Circuit

294 comments

  1. Nick James · · Reply

    Delays with s18 trial at Wood Green caused by list office. V serious stabbing case in a warned list (?!?!) with 4-5 day estimate.

    Case called in and put in front if a recorder who has less than four sitting days remaining (listed not before 1130, almost 1 by the time called on).

    Waited rest of day to get court only to be called in late pm and told none available. One defendant in custody, the other a 21 year old woman of previous good character who had taken the time off work from her job in the NHS.

    The complainant arrived at court shaking with fear only to be told ‘sorry not today’ having waited hours.

    Lost office then insisted we return for a mention two days hence to refix. Asked to fix that day and was told that she couldn’t. No explanation. When asked why the position would be any cleverer two days hence she simply said it would, with no explanation offered. In short she was truculent and utterly indifferent to the difficulties everyone faced. When asked if it could be fixed administratively she refused! So we all have to head back there!!

    The recorder who we appeared in front of was extremely apologetic (not his fault at all) and said he would deal with the case when re-fixing and would take account of dates etc of counsel and defendant in so far as he could.

    All this in front if the list officer. So no surprise to find the mention listed in front of another judge altogether!!

    The tail wagging the dock. Money wasted, complainant and defendants mistreated. But hey ho, it came in during the warned list technically so the stars are fine. Well done Wood Green list office

  2. Greg Unwin · · Reply

    R v Conteh, Wood Green Crown Court for PCMH on 9th April and 16th April. On the last two occasions the PCMH could not proceed, because the court failed to ensure that DEPMU produced the defendant from immigration detention. The case has been adjourned by a further week.

  3. Delyth Crisp · · Reply

    Murder trial at Stafford Crown Court on 31/3/14 delayed by half a day as the van transporting the 2 defendants from HMP Leicester didn’t arrive until after midday. Magic.

  4. olwen davies · · Reply

    Cps v Popat Loughborough MC 4th April
    Interprete failed to show but on enquiry, the court discovered they had booked her for Leicester MC. Two trials were listed, they started the one without an intepreter finishing at 12.40pm. The other had to wait till 1.30pm to start. So 3 child witnesses had to wait 4 hours to begin testifying. When they did, the prosecutor, who had clearly done no preparation, took so long to exam in chief that we went part-heard.

  5. olwen davies · · Reply

    Chowdhary v Leics City Council. Mon 24th Mar pm Leics Mags Ct. Private payer appealing v taxi licence refusal. Listed at 2pm. Trial from am still going- late start as cps hadn’t served half the evidence and unused. 2 other trials from am waiting to start. Full list for pm in same ct. Ct adj my client for want of time. He amd his 2 witnesses lose a half day off work n he will need to pay a refresher for me unless someone let’s me off my utilities bills that week.

  6. Greg Unwin · · Reply

    Case of R v Avram aka Stan, listed for sentence at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court on 21/03/14.

    Sentence had been ineffective yesterday because the defendant was not produced from Wandsworth. Apparently they were confused, as he has an alias. To avoid repetition of the problem, the listing office sent an email to the cells and to Wandsworth with the defendant’s prison number insisting that he must be brought to court the following day.

    Today, he was put on the van, but then taken off again when Kingston cells couldn’t find his name on their list. After a couple of hours waiting for enquiries it emerged that there were no video link slots available, and that he could not be brought from Wandsworth to Kingston later that day. The Recorder is not sitting next week. Hence a further 2 week adjournment.

  7. Adam Butler · · Reply

    Matter listed for sentence at Kingston CC on 20th March following transfer from Southwark. Kingston used the first name rather than surname, so def not produced. Sentence adj to 21/3

  8. Delyth Crisp · · Reply

    Prelim at Nottingham Crown Court this morning. Please email me directly for case name if necessary. 7 handed conspiracy to murder, brought forward from Leicester Crown Court this Thursday. All Gujarati speaking. Court had failed to book an interpreter. Only through the generosity of a kind Gujarati speaking paralegal were we able to even explain in the most basic terms what was to happen in court (timetabling).

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