Practice and Procedure

Flexible courts pilots fall flat

PUBLISHED November 26, 2013

Ministry of Justice plans to introduce more flexible court sittings in the wake of the August 2011 riots have proved something of a damp squib, with half being abandoned, according to an independent evaluation commissioned by the ministry. 

The pilot flexible scheme at 42 magistrates' courts trialled extended weekday and Saturday sittings; Sunday sittings and extended video courts for six months from October 2012.

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