Bristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2135 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1248 times:
Absolutely not. Somebody I know was a witness to an incident where a car thief tried to kill a policeman by running him down and the trial didn't get to court for about 18 months by which time the other witnesses had decided to not give evidence as it was dragging on for so long.
Seriously frustrating as the guy almost got away with it.
N6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
I understand that the UK civil system enforces the loser pays philosophy such that if you file a lawsuit and lose, you are liable for the opposing party's legal fees. Can anyone confirm? Are there limits to this?
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6180 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1219 times:
Depends. There are plenty of "no-win no-fee" legal eagles out there chasing the "have you been injured" market. They can screw you for all you win, though. People have found that they got next to nothing because everything they won went in legal fees.
But, yes, law is expensive over here and people can end up losing everything in fighting their case - or going bankrupt..... for example
BOAC From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 77 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1188 times:
In answer to the original question the important point is that it is not UK justice that should be credited. As the Channel Islands have their own government and judicial system, they are responsible. Due to the fact that there are rather less people and therefore one assumes crime, they can get the cases through court more rapidly.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1182 times:
76M - I believe that is the case. I believe also (from reading Private Eye, so it may not be the most reliable source of info, although they do get sued for libel a lot) the there are moves afoot to cap the winners fees. There is a practise in vogue amongst libel lawyers to add a huge top up contingency fee to the clients costs should they win, because these costs are paid by the opposing party, and that this practise has been subject to some abuse recently.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1166 times:
The UK does have seperate justice systems in England & Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the various Channel Islands - not sure how it works in Northern Ireland. Face it, the UK justice system is old and wierd, but it kind of works, the wigs are cute.