Monday, April 21, 2008
An all too common scenario?
I posted last week about the concerns that the judiciary have about the 'criminalisation' of the new domestic violence laws. Yesterday, the Magistrate's Blog had a thought-provoking post about the realities of domestic violence cases in the criminal courts. This particular case was listed for trial last week at 11am, and was expected to last for the rest of the day. However the victim, the wife, had withdrawn her complaint against her husband, and had been issued with a Witness Summons by the CPS. Needless to say, she refused to give evidence, despite the encouragement of the Victim Support people and the pleas of the prosecutor and the Officer In The Case. The case was therefore dismissed, and the taxpayer footed the bill, including the husband's costs. An all too common scenario?