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Long cases Practice Note 10/05/2018 A High Court Practice Note was launched yesterday, aiming to ensure that complex High Court cases are kept within reasonable time limits.

Long cases Practice Note

A High Court Practice Note, “The Management of Lengthy or Complex Criminal Cases”, was launched yesterday, aiming to ensure that complex High Court cases are kept within reasonable time limits.

It includes a protocol calling for a judicial ‘cradle to grave’ approach to cases that are likely to last eight weeks or more. An early, detailed understanding of the complexities of the case will be required, enabling the court to address the real issues of dispute.

Speaking at the launch of the new initiative, the Right Hon Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, explained:

“Ultimately, as the text of the protocol explains, ‘the judge will try to generate a spirit of co-operation between the court and the advocates on all sides. The expeditious conduct of the trial and a focussing on the real issues must be in the interests of all parties’. I sincerely hope that these new measures will be received in a similar spirit, and that their implementation will encourage commitment and creativity in lengthy and complex proceedings in our criminal courts in a fair and efficient manner.”

She thanked all those involved in the creation of the protocol, which is the result of collaboration between the judiciary, the Crown Office and the legal profession.

“It has been most encouraging to receive such broad support for the initiative, and what it aims to achieve,” she said.

Further details can be found here.

The new Practice Note is available here.

 

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