DUE TO THE GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 23RD MARCH 2020 AND THE 'LOCKDOWN' PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FROM THE 24TH MARCH 2020 TO THE END OF THE 'LOCKDOWN'.
Please rest assured that during these troubled times we will continue to represent all those who have matters to be dealt with at the police station, Magistrates Court, or the Crown Court.
AT THE POLICE STATION:
Our solicitors will continue to attend at the police station but ask that people in custody appreciate and respect the need for 'social distancing' - ie no physical contact (handshakes etc) and personal spacing. We may also need to limit the time our solicitors are in close quarters with a detainee, but this is to protect all present. A letter will be handed to all detainees outlining their rights at the police station and the process that a detainee will go through. Pre-prepared statements may be utilised to avoid detainees have to be in a physical interview with the police for prolonged periods of time. This will of course be tailored to the circumstances of all individual cases.
AT THE MAGISTRATES COURT:
At present the Court is adjourning all cases where a defendant is on bail. This includes 1st hearings, adjourned cases and trials. All individuals will be written to by the court directly as to new dates to attend. If a person is subject to bail conditions that need to be amended / removed please contact us and we will make the application on your behalf without you needing to attend in person.
The Court will still deal with people in custody. We will attend all hearings in this regard in person.
AT THE CROWN COURT:
We understand the case to be as above, however at this point we are unsure as to if people facing trial, in custody, will be adjourned. At this point no new trial (on bail or in custody) is likely to start. We will keep clients posted once we know.
Please be assured that through this troubled time we will continue to be in regular contact with our clients. We are working from home and have access to skype / telephone calls and of course you can email / contact us via our contact page on this site, or via our facebook / twitter pages. One of our solicitors or staff will then get back to you as soon as possible. Our out of hours numbers remains manned 24/7.
We will do everything through this troubled time to ensure our services remain unparalleled and un-interupted. We will all get though this together.