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irishone
10 Jun 24 07:11
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The struggle for justice in one English town (BbC)

The backlog of Crown Court cases in England and Wales is close to a record high - more than a quarter have now been open for over a year. In West Mercia, which covers a large part of the West Midlands and the counties bordering Wales, on average nearly 18 months pass between an incident occurring and a jury reaching a verdict. But many people have been waiting a lot longer for justice
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Report irishone June 10, 2024 7:12 AM BST
Silkin Way is a 14-mile walking route that snakes its way through much of Telford. On 25 January 2018, there was an altercation on the path between four males, and a few days later three teenagers were charged with grievous bodily harm. Telford magistrates sent the case to be heard at Shrewsbury Crown Court, because of its seriousness, and a trial was fixed for September 2019.

A problem at the court meant it had to be rescheduled for November 2020, but again the court couldn’t fit the case in. An effort to hear the case in February 2022 also failed.

A new trial was then set for November 2022. Further problems with court availability, however, meant the case was once more delayed, until last month, April 2024. Then on the day the six-day trial was due to begin, the court removed it from its listings, as an existing trial had overrun - Shrewsbury didn’t have the capacity for both trials to take place simultaneously. A new trial has now been set for January 2025, seven years after the incident on Silkin Way.
Report irishone June 10, 2024 7:13 AM BST
Polling suggests that most people think public services have deteriorated nationally in recent years

Report sageform June 10, 2024 8:01 AM BST
I did see that report this morning. Another example of terrible management from Westminster but also of the people employed to carry out basic public services going AWOL and no doubt still getting paid. The concept of public service is almost completely dead since Covid gave many people the excuse to stay at home when ever possible.
Report PorcupineorPineapple June 10, 2024 8:15 AM BST
"no doubt still getting paid"



Some of us have been banging on about this for years. What this government has done to our justice system is a disgrace. Courts are falling apart. Solicitors are fleeing the system due to awful pay and conditions. And rape victims are having to wait years to bring their abuser to court, which is often seeing them decide the trauma is too much and dropping out of the case.


If people could just do the tiniest teensiest bit of research they might learn a lot.
Report irishone June 12, 2024 3:50 AM BST
England has become a third world country
Report sageform June 12, 2024 8:27 AM BST
Are you suggesting that Scotland, Wales and NI are any better? Or France? One of the most telling events of the debates was a woman in the Scottish TV debate audience who stood up and shouted "shame on all of you" It is not policy that is the issue it is delivery and leadership and no competent people are even willing to stand for Parliament any more. Almost all of those left at the dissolution that I had some respect for are not standing this time. In my constituency we had a junior minister who survived all of the changes since Boris won in 2019 but has resigned because he fears for the safety of his family. The new candidate is local but a complete novice.
Report shiny new shoes please June 12, 2024 7:31 PM BST
June 12, 2024 3:50 AM BST
England has become a third world country
Sad but true
Can ya not see the insanity these clowns indorse?
OceanicExcited[:laugh: God bless
Report saddo June 12, 2024 8:12 PM BST
How is tent city doing?
Report irishone June 12, 2024 8:16 PM BST
Never mind whataboutery
We can all do that
The article was about telford england
Stick to the subject and accept the sheer
Callousness of the situation
Report Charlie June 12, 2024 8:36 PM BST
Irishone living the good life in Spain, posts on here 03:00 in the morning 15:00 in the afternoon and 20:00 in the evening. What a clown.
Report irishone June 13, 2024 5:58 AM BST
LaughLaughLaughLaugh
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