Forget scrapping jury trials, warns Law Society

26 Jun 2020

There should be no restriction on jury trials, the Law Society has warned, and proposals to extend court sitting hours “must be approached with extreme caution”.

It said solicitors with caring responsibilities as well as religious groups could be disadvantaged by longer court opening hours; and called for proper consultation with the legal profession before going ahead.

The Society’s disquiet comes after Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland this week told the justice select committee of plans for a range of short-term measures to tackle the backlog of cases in the criminal justice system.

The backlog that already existed before the pandemic has been significantly exacerbated by covid-19 crisis, with ou...

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