Legal Aid Census 2021 - 29.04.21

Full details and to take part here


Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid - 25.04.21

If you have an interest in Criminal Legal Aid please take some time to respond to the call for evidence that has been launched by the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid.  This is your opportunity, as individual practitioners to make the points you feel need to be made to the panel.  We cannot complain that no one listens to us if we don't speak up.  Your answers can be as detailed or as concise as you wish but please respond. 

This part of the consultation ends on 7th May 2021 so do it as soon as you can.   

The link to the document is here


Matthew Jewell QC - 19.04.21

Covid rules prevent all but Matthew's closest family and friends from attending in person - by direct invitation only.   Matthew's funeral will be on the 23rd April 2021 at 12.15pm at the Test Valley Crematorium. There will be private flowers only and no donations. 


Jason Dunn-Shaw

The funeral of Jason Dunn-Shaw will take place at 1pm on Friday 16th April at Thanet Crematorium.  Due to limited availability of seats attendance in person is by invitation only.


Matthew Jewell QC - 08.04.21

The members and staff of Drystone chambers regret to announce that Matthew Jewell QC, our colleague and friend, died suddenly on Saturday 3rd April: he was just 54 years old. Matthew had been a member of One Paper Buildings/Drystone since pupillage and was a much loved and respected member of the Bar. As a Junior he worked primarily on the Western Circuit but was happy to travel, appearing regularly on the South Eastern Circuit after taking Silk. We are shocked and deeply saddened by his death: our thoughts are with his family.


Register for a Common Platform Account - March 2021

Common Platform is a new, criminal case management system for use by HMCTS staff, the judiciary, and professional court users - including defence professionals and the Crown Prosecution Service. You may already be aware that it is now rolling out to a series of ‘early adopter’ courts in the South East and you will need to register. 

Further details here


Guidance on Mask Wearing at Court has changed - updated 15.01.21

From now on, judges and magistrates should strongly encourage the wearing of masks/face coverings by everyone in the courtroom except for the judge/ presiding magistrate, the advocate who is speaking and the witness giving evidence. Jurors should be strongly encouraged to wear masks/face coverings in their retiring room.

Senior Presiding Judge & Deputy Senior Presiding Judge