Today sees another in the trail of #KillTheBill accused, this time of Ryan Roberts. Apparently here in the UK the practice of ‘Open Justice’ is not only prevalent, but are core principle of the system. This means the process of justice is, as far as is possible, done in public so the accused, the accuser and the witnesses can all be seen and evaluated.
There is little doubt that there is a politically charged atmosphere around the #KillTheBill trails, as ordinary people face the wrath of the state, accused of the same level of violence that the police themselves have been accused off? But of course the cops are not on trial here. No. The government, who is pushing blatantly anti-democratic laws, is not on trial. Nope. The force of law seems to mostly be reserved for ordinary people.
So back to ‘open justice’ where we are supposed to be able to see the wheels of justice turn – except we’re not? Fellow ordinary people at the trial have been shunted into a spare room in the court and can’t hear what is going on?
No one can hear proceedings, it is inaudible. This violates the legal principle of “open justice”. Ryan has been on remand for some time and deserves a fair hearing and open court. A political prisoner tried in closed court.#DefendRyanRoberts#OpenJusticeNow#OpenCourtNow https://t.co/YaIdiiX2hU
— Sisters Uncut (@SistersUncut) October 25, 2021
So is this ‘open justice?’ – clearly not. Is this ‘joke justice’ in that the courts can organise their own processes to work properly? Possibly. Is this ‘no justice’ due to the political pressures of the trial? Possibly.
A chorus of “we didn’t start the riot” echoes along Small Street. pic.twitter.com/Nn5OXV9I0E
— The Bristol Activist (@BristolActivist) October 25, 2021
Image credit here.