(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
(UPDATE: soon after this blogpost was published, the MoJ decided to take down the offending document from the gov.co.uk website. But you can still see a copy I made by clicking here.)
The Ministry of Justice has produced what it calls an “easy to read” guide for defendants who are going to a Crown Court trial.
However, the MoJ – in a rather patronising bid to simplify its explanations as much as possible – seems to have reversed one of the most basic principles of law: that in a Crown Court the burden of proof lies with the prosecution and not with the defendant:
Mind you – with nearly a quarter of defendants who are sentenced not having a fair trial due to government cuts to legal aid – it may be easier to just presume people who can’t afford a lawyer are guilty and do away with any pretence of justice in UK courts altogether.
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The Coalition Government Colouring and Activity Book is now available for download as a PDF and in print: