Fast-track injustice

“I see the government’s talking about introducing fast-track justice,” said OldSmoothie today.

“Fast-track injustice more like,” said BusyBody.

“Yes, in my experience speedy justice is a contradiction in terms,” said HeadofChambers.

“Just like secret justice,” said BusyBody. “Sounds like something straight out of Kafka.”

“Enough to make Lady Justice weep,” said OldSmoothie. “The whole point of taking your time is to get the right result.”

“And has nothing to do with billing out more legal fees,” said TheVamp.

“Or making defendants sweat and encouraging them to plead guilty,” said Teflon.

“Oh, how very cynical for ones so young,” said HeadofChambers.

“It’s the suggestion for weekend and evening courts that annoy me,” said UpTights.

“I already use the evenings and weekends to prepare my cases and to do advices and other paper work,” said Teflon.

“Ah, whatever happened to those predictions that work would be done by machines and we’d all be sunning ourselves with too much leisure time?” said HeadofChambers.

“I hear they’re calling it flexible justice,” said TheBusker. “Sounds more like a very painful yoga move for judges than some practical change to the court system.”

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister written by Tim Kevan whose new novel is Law and Peace. For more information and to read past posts visit Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

July 25, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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