Further Expansion of the Single Justice Procedure

  The Single Justice Procedure (“SJP”) is designed to enable magistrates’ courts to deal with minor offences more efficiently, while still ensuring rigorous, open and fair justice. Whether those aims are in fact met is the subject of some intense debate, with a number of high-profile journalists consistently exposing weaknesses in the system. 535,000 cases … Continued

Partner Jonathan Black critical of ministry guidance

In response to Ministry of Justice guides published for members of the public to understand the court process, Jonathan Black, BSB Partner and President of London Criminal Courts Solicitors Courts told The Times that the guide “failed to make any reference to disclosure or to tell unrepresented defendants that they were entitled to see the … Continued