Barrister in defence of judges

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 February, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 February, 1993, 12:00am
 

A BARRISTER has defended High Court judges after criticism they sit for less than four hours a day.


Mr Robert Forrest said the critics did not understand the difficulties facing judges and counsel.


''One asks rhetorically how much experience those who make criticisms of the time spent in court, have in conducting trials or acting as judges,'' Mr Forrest said.


He made the comments when seeking an adjournment with the consent of Senior Crown Counsel Miss Dee Crebbin to discuss a robbery case they are both appearing in.


A fast-food worker, Siu Lui-fung, 19, has denied two counts of robbery in July 1991 and will be tried this week.


Senior lecturer with the Department of Law at the City Polytechnic of Hongkong, Mr James Allan, said in a report last week that High Court judges sat an average of only three hours and 16 minutes each day.


His report was compiled at the end of a three-month survey.


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