Stop Delaying Justice! is coming into practice in magistrates? courts across England and Wales this month. This is an initiative led by the judiciary in the magistrates? courts, with judges and magistrates working together. The intention is that contested trials will be fully case-managed at the first hearing and take place at the first listed trial hearing, or not at all. The programme emphasises the unfairness to innocent defendants, as well as victims and witnesses, and justice itself when cases are adjourned and delayed.

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