Feeding car-boot lawyers and felons to the lions would be good for fiscal rigour, too

November 16, 2010

Did that car-boot lawyer taste innocent or guilty, Leo?

Our splendid Government is doing a lot to save just $5 million a year, which just goes to show what a fiscally rigorous lot we are in our endeavours to give taxpayers a better deal.

We will be legislating to curtail a defendant’s rights to this, that and the other as part of changes to the criminal justice system announced yesterday, including (in many cases) the right to a trial by jury.

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Court staff should be pilloried – not the holidaying judge – after unfortunate aborting of a rape trial

February 27, 2010

Don’t believe everything the newspapers tell you in their increasingly desperate efforts to lure you into reading a story.

A good example pops up in the Weekend Herald: Holiday for judge aborts rape trial.

Bugger me, Alf thought. Have the wheels of justice ground to a halt in a rape case because the judge flitted off for a vacation?

Alf’s sense that the judge had caused some sort of judicial mayhem was heightened by the Herald’s introductory paragraph:

A rape complainant will be forced to give evidence twice after the trial of her alleged attacker was aborted because the judge went on an overseas holiday.

Good grief. Not only will the unfortunate complainant have to go through the ordeal of testifying and being cross-examined all over again.

Taxpayers will have to pay for a second trial.

The bloody judge should have stalled her holiday plans, surely.
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