What to do

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


  1. Rhys Davies · · Reply

    Hendon magistrates court today. Client arrested on a warrant. Not produced at this court as cells are full, bearing in mind it takes the custody cases of three courts. He is being held at one of the others until there is space. At the end of the morning no sign of client and I have finished my bail cases. Caĺl that minimum five hour delay even if he here at 2pm.

  2. Rhys Davies · · Reply

    Westminster Magistrates Court today. First case called today a man charged with s.5 public order representing himself. 90 minutes later court manages to secure a not guilty plea and fixes a trial date making the most horrendous job of case management. Leaving the other 20 defendants and their lawyers waiting. Out of ten courts in this flagship court house, I am told this is the only one taking bail remand cases. My case put over to afternoon with minimum four hour delay.

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