CBA Chair Caroline Goodwin Q.C. Voices Concerns Over Court Sitting Hours
Her article accompanies a report from Express Crime Editor, Jon Austin focusing on concerns recently raised by a Harrow Crown Court Judge. Judge Lana Wood criticised what she saw as a growing crisis in the judicial system, branding the cases put before her as a "car crash". The Crown Court Judge called for closer scrutiny of the legal system.
In her capacity as CBA Chair and with her extensive Crown Court advocacy experience, Caroline Goodwin Q.C. commented in her accompanying article:
"Beleagured, under attack and on its knees, we are all being let down by system failures". Pointing at recent reports of empty court rooms, she added: " A 15 per cent cut in Crown Court sitting hours this financial year is all the more painful as we are witnessing upswings in the reporting of crime. The criminal justice system cannot protect the public if it is continually under attack".