Previous president of the LCCSA, Raymond Shaw, was invited to address the Resident Judge's Annual Meeting at the University of Warwick on 27th October 2011.
We believe this was the first time a defence solicitor representative has been invited to Resident Judge's Annual Meeting and we were honoured that Raymond was invited on behalf of the Association to attend. The Annual Meeting runs over two days and Resident Judges from around the country were present along with Lord Justice Goldring who played a central role in the event as a whole. The session involving Raymond was over one afternoon, with the session being run twice for two groups split into those representing larger and smaller court centres.
Alison Saunders from the CPS spoke of the examples at those courts where the CPS had regular meetings and good lines of communication with the Resident Judge and Court offices. She was quizzed heavily on all the obvious difficulties the CPS face including delays, disclosure issues, case progression and how the 25% cuts to the CPS budget will impact. The Judges' interventions demonstrated considerable awareness and understanding of the difficulties faced by the defence, particularly in respect of delays that are not caused by defence failures but by others in the CJS.
Among the many points that Ray made were: