To: Ministry of Justice / Her Majesty's Court Service

No to Late Court Sittings

No to Late Court Sittings

Please put a halt to the pilot scheme and any plans to introduce late court sittings.

Why is this important?

It is unfair and discriminatory for Court staff, Judges, Barristers, Solicitors, and court users, particularly those with children. It will have a detrimental impact on well-being and diversity at the Bar and Judiciary. It is hard enough for parents at the Bar to make it work. It jeopardises work-life balance. It is impractical and fails to take account of the cab-rank rule, listing practices, and that lawyers need time to prepare their cases and travel to and from court. Overall, all those working in the courts deserve to have a good work/life balance, and the ability to see their children. This should not be forced upon lawyers, Judges and Court staff. This is a regressive step and a barrier to greater diversity in the profession and on the bench and in particular will be a further obstacle to the retention of women.

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Reasons for signing

  • No pillar of a historic building would be knowingly subjected to such extreme and deliberate strain. No pillar of democracy and justice — and no human being — should be, either. Let's keep the justice system just. For everyone.
  • Closure of local courts leads to longer hours in other courts. Hard for individuals to get to litigants and lawyers, all of whom have responsibilities outside court hours. Longer hours will deny justice to many more.
  • I genuinely believe so many talented experienced wonderfully compassionate professionals would leave this profession if the court hours were extended even further. They are stretched to their limit and beyond as it is. The whole judicial system would suffer untold damage. And to be honest, who's going to come to court at nine o clock??? Get real!!

Updates

2017-07-04 19:19:49 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-05-31 12:03:24 +0100

Over 3,600 signatures and lots of vocal opposition on Twitter; Guardian Law has also picked up on this issue (https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/may/31/outcry-over-proposals-for-late-night-and-early-morning-court-sittings?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter). Please keep sharing.

2017-05-30 08:46:42 +0100

We have reached 3,250 signatures and have been featured in The Brief (@timeslaw) this morning, following the article in The Times yesterday (http://links.info2.news.co.uk/ctt?kn=11&ms=MTkwODAzMAS2&r=MTcxODg4MzkzNjES1&b=0&j=NzkxMTIyNTIyS0&mt=1&rt=0). Please keep sharing.

2017-05-16 10:55:49 +0100

Over 3,000 signatures now. I am just one individual with little ability to publicise. Please keep up the momentum & share by email or social media.

2017-04-04 11:56:40 +0100

Legal cheek have picked up on this: http://www.legalcheek.com/2017/04/online-petition-calling-on-government-to-shelve-late-opening-hours-for-courts-hits-target-of-2000-signatures/

2017-03-31 21:23:26 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-03-31 14:03:52 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-03-30 21:37:09 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-03-30 14:59:28 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-03-30 11:22:35 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-03-30 07:48:04 +0100

10 signatures reached