Defence solicitors are at the mercy of the courts' often chaotic timetables. The listing procedure is organised currently for the convenience of the courts and, to a lesser extent, the Crown Prosecution Service.
Defence solicitors have to juggle their own commitments to fit in with this system. The frequent delays and last minute changes of timetable to court hearings add to the misery. This is particularly hard on clients and witnesses.
If the Government is serious in its intention of making the criminal courts more efficient, it should work with the Law Society and defence solicitors to find a system that works for everyone involved.
Law Society President
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