Judge removed from case for criticising the Government

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In UK we are supposed to have a judiciary independent from the state, free to make decisions in line with the law and the evidence they have been provided without Government intervention.

This is the corner stone of our judiciary and the rule of law.

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/202...-has-stripped/

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A judge who criticised the Government over its coronavirus response says that he has been stripped of his powers in cases as a result.

Judge Keith Raynor on Tuesday refused to extend the time which a suspected drug dealer could be held in custody because he claimed the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had not enough had been done to reduce the backlog of cases in crown court.

In a highly unusual intervention yesterday morning, the judge lodged a formal complaint against Woolwich Crown Court’s Judge Christopher Kinch QC, suggesting he had been pressured over Tuesday’s ruling.

He claimed that “within hours” of making his outspoken criticism of the government, he had been blocked from making a similar decision on custody in an attempted murder case.

Judge Raynor said he believed an inquiry was needed, while a QC in the attempted muder case said that the public may suspect “political influence” had been exerted over the judiciary.

On Tuesday Judge Raynor ordered that a 19-year-old suspected heroin dealer should be freed after they had been held in custody for nearly a year, four times the custody limit allowed by law.

He refused to extend Tesfa Young-Williams’ time in custody because of a “lack of courtrooms”, “a lack of money” from Parliament, and that the MoJ’s £80 million rescue package would not be able to “alleviate” delays in bringing cases to trial.

However, before Young-Williams’ hearing, Judge Raynor claimed that he had been asked how he would handle the case by Judge Kinch, who had forwarded a copy of the Government’s criminal courts recovery plan.

“It is notable for the fact that the LCJ [Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett] has signed the forward to the document jointly with the Lord Chancellor”, Judge Kinch wrote.

“The foreword includes this section below in which the LCJ appears to state that the response is doing as much as possible. Like it or not, this seems to me to be an intervention that is difficult to overlook.”

Judge Raynor said he “took this as a clear indication that I must ‘side’ with the LCJ and grant the CTL extension application”, and - concerned that his senior colleague also wanted to “have a word” – left court for the day to avoid him and dodged a phone call in the evening.

“I feel that I was subjected to improper and undue influence by HHJ Kinch QC to make a ruling extending the CTL in the case of R-v- Tesfa Young-Williams”, he wrote yesterday.

In an email copied to the Senior Presiding Judge Lady Justice Thirlwall, Judge Raynor added: “I do not believe that the actions of HHJ Kinch QC towards me were undertaken without him having spoken to others.”

Both the Ministry of Justice and Judicial Office declined to comment.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-54109098

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020...-limit-rulings

The new extension to custody time limits was passed by the Government by Statutory Instrument meaning it has had no parliamentary oversight.

Prior to the pandemic there were 37,000 outstanding crown court cases.
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Why am i not surprised by this? This government seems to have serious wood for rubbishing any institution (and that includes our respect for the rule of law) it can get its grubby little mitts on.
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Why am i not surprised by this? This government seems to have serious wood for rubbishing any institution (and that includes our respect for the rule of law) it can get its grubby little mitts on.
Next they will be trying to get rid of human right... oh they actually are :facepalm2:
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Next they will be trying to get rid of human right... oh they actually are :facepalm2:
Disgraceful bunch of deplorables.
On the human rights though, i do find it rather droll that they keep attempting to portray it as some sort of euromuck (as opposed to a British concept :lol: )
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Disgraceful bunch of deplorables.
On the human rights though, i do find it rather droll that they keep attempting to portray it as some sort of euromuck (as opposed to a British concept :lol: )
At this point all I can do is sit back and laugh. I take solace in the fact that none of this is my fault, I didn't vote for any of this.
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