The justice system is “not fit for purpose”, a judge has complained in a courtroom outburst at the lack of police, prosecutors and court staff. Judge Anthony Lowe, sitting at Shrewsbury crown court, made the comments after he was forced to adjourn until February a trial due to start this month.
He had been due to sit on the trial of a 20-year-old man for assault and possessing a weapon. Judge Lowe, 65, a recorder since 2005 and a circuit judge in the Midlands since last January, told the court: “This is a justice system that is just breaking at every point — from the number of police, the number of CPS [Crown Prosecution Service], the number of court staff, the number of courts, the number of delays. Everywhere you look, our justice system is beginning to be not fit for purpose. Slow justice is bad justice.”