Concern as trial of Hawarden man put back six months

Published date: 18 March 2014 |
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A SHORTAGE of ‘judge sitting days’ at Mold Crown Court has resulted in a serious sexual case being adjourned for six months.

James Evans, 44, of Manor Close, Hawarden, pleaded not guilty to sexual assault in September of last year.

His trial was scheduled to start today but then removed from the list and put back to September.

It is now a regular feature of the court that trials are unable to proceed as planned and are postponed at the last minute.

They are often adjourned until the summer and autumn.

Judge David Hale said that such a long delay had implications for the complainant and for the defendant.

He said he was shocked that they would have to wait until September for trial. “If they do not have enough ‘judge days’, that is what happens.

“The court is limited in the number of sitting days,” he said.

Prosecutor Wyn Lloyd Jones said that the case had deliberately been arranged for a Monday because trials listed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays had less chance of proceeding.

The judge fixed Evans’ case for a Monday in September and ordered that it should not be removed without the consent of the resident judge.

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