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A user’s perspective on 
our crumbling courts

Ahead of the potential closure of 91 courts, Jacqui Smoker provides a first-hand account of a system already cut to the bare bones

3 November 2015

In SJ159/15, my colleague Tom Holbrook wrote of
the courts being stretched to their limits and wondered
if that would change.

I had recently had cause
to consider this and reflect
upon what has been a year
of challenge for the courts,
their staff, and users.

I received a costs budget
from a co-part 20 defendant. This was puzzling. It turned
out that an adjourned CCMC had been re-listed and I hadn't received the order.

That, in itself, is not unusual. These things happen from time to time, but I thought I had better check the position with the court. I was quite surprised, however, to discover that the court staff wouldn't speak to me.

It transpired that I was not
on their records as representing any party to the litigation.
This was peculiar a...

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