LCCSA News, President's Report

President’s Bulletin

PUBLISHED November 29, 2020

CPS Engagement

The CPS will extend their engagement surgery pilot at Highbury Bromley and Bexley Magistrates’ until the 17th December, please read the attached leaflet here and use their flyer with QR code to book a slot.  Feel free to use it for any issue, be that plea discussions, diversion or case progression.

Prison CVP visiting times

HMP Thameside is going live with extended visiting hours from 01/12/20. They will offer official visits via video from 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday (continuous with no break for lunch).

Please note Thameside is scheduled to open a VCC in January, so the number of end points available will increase offering even further capacity and therefore they may reassess the operating times based on whether the demand is still out weighing capacity.

Other London prisons offering additional hours include; Belmarsh 08:00-18:00, Feltham 08:00-17:00, High Down 08:00-18:00, Pentonville 08:00-18:00, Thameside 08:00-18:00, Wandsworth 08:30-17:00 (not an extension but included for completeness), Wormwood Scrubs 08:00-17:00 (break for lunch from 12:00-14:00).

All bookings are made as per current processes

Overnight remands from police stations

The NPCC is due to make a decision on 2nd December on whether, and for how long, police forces will continue to host overnight prisoners to appear at court via CVP.  We will update members with news once we are informed; this will have a significant impact on our working arrangements.

Jobs of The Week

Please find the current job vacancies listed on our website

ULA Solicitors – Duty Solicitor

Hickman & Rose – Solicitor Maternity Cover

If you would like to advertise for a position please contact Sara Boxer


Kind regards,

Mark Troman