This Anonymous Witness Thing

Very rare, only to be used in the most extreme cases……

One legal source estimated that up to 600 applications had been or were being made by witnesses for anonymity in pending trials.

Oh yes?

4 thoughts on “This Anonymous Witness Thing”

  1. Listening to a Govt spokesman on teh radio last night (I didn’t get his name) I was struck by how often he referred to the violent criminals in the dock. No presumption of innocence, no acceptance that we do get vexatious witnesses only the assumption that only guilty people are charged and therefore their right to a fair trial is just a troublesome process that should be curtailed as soon as possible.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    If they were serious about it being very rare and only used in the most extreme cases, they would treat it as England used to treat divorce – each and every case would need a specific Act of Parliament before witnesses would be offered anonymity. That way both Houses would be able to examine the record of the accused and impartially (more or less) decide if the case warranted such extyraordinary protection.

    But of course that is not what they did. They chose to make it routine but say otherwise.

    Scum.

  3. They’ll just get round this by comparing it to the number of all trials (no matter whether for murder or nicking a tin of salmon from Tesco) and say ‘Look, it’s a tiny percentage…!’.

    Citizenry mollified, complacent mass media goes back to sleep, spin doctors buy newer BMWs….

  4. Listening to a Govt spokesman on teh radio last night (I didn’t get his name) I was struck by how often he referred to the violent criminals in the dock.

    I can’t criticize the spokesman on this – when I hear about a new scandal involving our politicians, I start from a presumption of guilt perspective.

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