Devon lawyer: Crown Prosecution Service 'failing defence teams'
A senior Devon lawyer has said trials are failing to take place in courts because the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is failing to release all the required information to defence teams.
Stephen Nunn said he has received letters from the CPS saying they are too busy 'prioritising' for forthcoming trials.
But Mr Nunn said the trials he wanted information on were also only a matter of days away before they were due to be heard in court.
He said as a result those trials were having to be vacated and adjourned off into the future.
He made his comments before Exeter magistrates this week as he represented a 21-year-old Exeter serviceman who is facing an assault trial.
Mr Nunn said he not received CCTV, taped interviews, previous convictions of witnesses and unused material which the defence is entitled to.
He said of the CPS response: "It is quite clear no one has been bothered to do anything. It is not an isolated incident."
A CPS prosesuctor in court said she accepted it was not an isolated incident and would take the court's concerns back to the CPS office.
The trial was adjourned until October.
Mr Nunn, who said he has written to the Lord Chancellor and 'anyone else who might listen' about this problem, told the bench: "I have had my moan. I feel a bit better now."