Mrs Forgetful wrote:In the high courts, as you know, you have to provide some sort of chronology to explain the reason why the application is "out of time".
Sometimes a family will say to me: "I'm not in the right frame of mind at the moment, as I am still in shock. I'll come back to you in a few months".
Tough. How long are we meant to wait before they decide that they are ready to appeal?
Behind my thinking is the very sure experience that for many who are not defendants a Crown Court appeal can be a wearing and distressing happening. They did their bit, they gave evidence and now they have to go through it all again. I have seen victims of assault - who thought it was all over - shaking in the box as yet again they have to live through an experience that they tried to put behind them over a year ago (for that is generally the time frame, given how long cases take to get to court in the first place).
Obviously the right to appeal matters and is important; as we all know the courts don't always get it right. But let's not forget the rights of the (proven) victims as well. And let's not allow interminable delays for inadequate reasons; everyone matters in an appeal.