ADJOURNMENT FOR DEFENCE TO OBTAIN REPORT

Judges would do well to reflect before incautiously refusing applications for adjournments so that expert advice could be available to the defence. Whilst each case would turn on its own facts, the interests of defendants and the need for vigilance in complying with Art.6 European Convention on Human Rights called for careful analysis of the implications before a ruling was given.

[2001] EWCA Crim 2699