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I am currently a defendant at crown court and i am concerned that the cps are not dealing with my case in a fair way and that my legal aid solicitor is not acting in my best interests, could you tell me how I ask for the way in which they are both working is investigated and how I make a formal complaint if I feel it is appropriate, is there also a way in which I can check my solicitors past performance?
Have you complained to the Ombudsman or the CPS directly yet please?
sorry i thought I would recieve an email to respond to i am at my computer now if you are available?
Yes I am
What steps have you taken so far to complain?
I have not complained as yet as my case is still being delt with and i am very worried I will cause myself even more issues if i complain at the moment
You can check to see if there have been any adverse findings against your Solicitor@:
Thank you I will check that
However if you are unhappy with your own Solicitor then you can write to the Managing Partner
There will be a complaints procedure which the firm should have
The partner can investigate the matter and report back to you
If you are unhappy with that result then you can complain to the Ombudsman if you wish
As for the CPS you can write to the Chief Prosecutor for the area
The CPS can investigate your complaint
You can do this online at:
If you are unhappy with their response you can complain to that Ombudsman
I really feel my solicitor is working with cps and are doing what suits them and is not in my best interests can i change solicitors at this very late stage under legal aid?....thank you I will look at those too
You could change Solicitors and have it transferred yes
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please/
Its rather complicated but basically I have pleaded guilty to 4 out of 5 charges and cps have not accepted this but appear to want to go to court on a minor matter and my solicitor has changed his tac and become very accepting of the cps stance despite him advising me to plead as i have done, the cps have also failed to provide evidence they say they had 4 weeks ago and we are due in court on Friday, it all seems like a that I have been the last person to be considered by my solicitor and this has blighted my life for almost 12 months, sorry to ramble but I hope this makes sense?
finally how do i go about changing my solicitor do i have to tell the court?
You go to another Solicitor and they deal with the paperwork and the transfer. They should also notify the court.
I am sorry to hear of your problems.
It could be problematic doing it at this late stage but I would do this tomorrow rather than wait
Can I clarify anything else for you?
sorry last question is there anything I can do about the cps not passing the evidence they say they have until less than 3 days before we go back to court?
Yes your Solicitor can make an application to Court that the evidence is excluded or the proceedings are thrown out for non complaince
Does this help?
definately but what is the dead line?
The Court would say they should serve it by x date.
If it was not served this is breach of a Court order.
If there is no time for your Solicitor to consider this they can apply for an adjournment
Does that help?
they had to respond to pleas by 4th July which they did on the 4th but they didnt include the evidence and we are due back in court on the 25th
Your Solicitor can ask for an adjournment if they have not provided the evidence or make an application to stay proceedings, as I outlined above
Does this clarify for you?
thank you for your help
Great, all the best with this
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