First day back at work, 2016.
If you are a long time and careful reader of this blog then you are safely reading this at home or at worst in jeans at your office. The worst place you can be is at the REGJB with a case set for trial.
Rumpole's second rule of trials (the first is to avoid a Friday verdict) is never, ever, ever, allow a case to be set for trial on the first Monday in the new year.
Judges and prosecutors return from a few weeks off all full of piss and vinegar and new years resolutions to try more cases and be tougher on crime and seek stiffer sentences to set the tone for the new year.
The tragedies we have seen occur during the first week of the new year could fill a book...or a blog.
So hopefully you aren't reading this in the courthouse waiting for a jury to come down.
But if you are, we wish you luck.
Coming tomorrow: probable cause. What it is, what it isn't.
Coming back: our roundup of 3rd DCA decisions.
It's a new year but we still will see you in court.
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