Whilst we have been worrying about the MoJ’s botched implementation of the Civil Procedure Rules, the Justice Minister Chris Grayling (known as Failing Grayling and not merely because he is a Lord Chancellor without legal qualification) has been quietly but speedily demolishing the criminal justice system.
It is not an area which directly affects me – but then, of course, no one knows what might happen to any of us tomorrow which might make us grateful for a functioning and independent legal defence system, to say nothing of a fair prosecution system.
I am writing about it, slowly and painfully, because it seems to me that we have one opportunity only to prevent Grayling’s demolition. It is slow and painful because it is not my area, and I am more comfortable writing about things I know about.
We do, however, need to hear from those who are NOT directly affected by Grayling’s plans, partly because those who are affected are easily accused of special pleading, partly because they seem to be the only interest group in the world with worse PR management than the government, partly because we never know when fate may bring any of us within the maw of the criminal justice monster – but mainly because what is proposed is just wrong.