A Tale of Two Cases

Dan Bunting - A Life in the Bus Lane

Today (27th February 2014) the government published their latest response to the consultation.

This is a very quick post just dealing with the problems with AGFS Scheme 2 and why barristers (in chambers) shouldn’t be too happy with the outcome.

One week last year I prosecuted two cases. On the Monday it was a benefit fraud – a two day trial. The value was just over £20,000. To be ready for trial involved, say, 20 hours work doing interview edits, admissions and schedules. The defendant was convicted and the sentence was adjourned.

On Tuesday evening I got my case for the next day. It was a shoplifting (£12.09 of cat food from memory). There were two witnesses whose evidence took up three pages. The defendant hadn’t been interviewed and so the only exhibit was one page – the till receipt.

At court, the security guard didn’t turn up. The application…

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