Judge in courtroom rant as roof suffers fourth leak due to overflowing barristers’ toilets

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Maidstone Crown Court rape trial delayed due to poor facilities management


A judge has expressed his growing frustration after court proceedings were brought to an abrupt halt for a fourth time, after the ceiling began leaking with toilet water.

Judge Jeremy Carey, sitting at Maidstone Crown Court, was about to embark on a rape trial, when a concerned barrister and juror revealed they were being dripped on.

According to news website Kent Online, Judge Carey addressed those gathered in court on Monday, saying:

I have had to move courts yet again. My court is out of action. The facilities in the barristers’ area are not functioning as they should, and so we have dripping from the roof.

Concerned that the drips contained more than just water, he continued:

Clearly, there will have to be industrial cleaning in that area. I am not convinced it has stopped dripping. It has to be decontaminated.

Fortunately, Judge Carey was able to switch courtrooms for the day. However, with facilities already at a stretch, the trial has been delayed while the leaky roof is fixed.

But at this point Judge Carey would be forgiven if he thought he was trapped in his very own judicial Groundhog Day.

Astonishingly, this — according to Kent Online — is now the fourth time a trial that Judge Carey has been presiding over has been halted due to a leaky roof.

Back in August 2014, another trial had to be stopped after a juror complained that they were being dripped on. Speaking at the time, Judge Carey said:

When you read about the cost of public services you never hear about the court service. Nobody cares about the court service.

Before adding:

I must be careful. There is a limited amount of people who care about the court service. This building is not being properly maintained. It is false economy to cut expenditure because we lose time. We lose court time which costs hundreds of pounds an hour.

Just last month, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) big-wigs confirmed that 89 out of 91 courts earmarked for closure would be getting the chop. Citing original proposals released back in 2015, the MoJ confirmed that 64 sites would close permanently, and a further 22 will switch to alternative buildings.


Lord Harley of Counsel

Sounds like the Privy Arbital Court.



It was once the case, even in the early 20th century, that court buildings were built to the highest possible standards of workmanship and grandeur to reflect the importance of the work that goes on there. Winchester was probably one of the last to be built to such a standard. Compare Inner London Crown Court (built 1917) or Chester Crown Court (built 1902) with Swindon Crown Court (built 1985) or Salisbury Crown Court (built 2009) and there’s no comparison.


Francis H

To be fair, they have improved a *little* (heavy emphasis). Compare Thames (c90s?) with (the late and unlamented) Horseferry Road (c’60s?).



And now there is the suggestion that courts should sit in such grandiose places as pubs.



I could gaze into that judge’s eyes all day along….



“was about to embark on rape trial”

This sentence makes no sense.



“But at this point Judge Carey would be forgiven if thought he was trapped his very own judicial Groundhog Day”

Nor does this.


Ms Charlotte Proudperson

I wear my toilet


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