Derby prison law solicitor Rosamunde Benn represented a client at adjudication at HMP Stoke Heath. The client then took the time to provide favourable feedback on the representation that she provided him.
Representation at an independent adjudication
Rosamunde’s client had been charged in the prison with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour contrary to Prison Rule 51, paragraph 20.
Some information from the Howard League for Penal Reform about the use of adjudications since 2010 can be found here.
While attending education her client was alleged to have called the officer a ‘sausage’. He then told the officer to ‘shut up’. He was said to have made a further threat that he would ‘see you on the other side of those gates’. Comment was also made that the teacher was afraid.
Our client denied making any such threats. He was also able to offer a witness to the incident who would support his account. In essence, he claimed that the incident had been blown out of all proportion.
Rosamunde’s client entered a not guilty plea and then the officer gave evidence. Our client then gave his evidence and so did his witness.
The District Judge presiding over the adjudication did not find the charge proved because of the witness evidence. He stated that although he found that the officer had given good evidence, the witness had given credible evidence as well. He could not be sure that our client’s conduct was in breach of the rules so dismissed the charge.
Positive client feedback
At the conclusion of his case, our client took the time to offer positive feedback. The feedback was all the more pleasing because he had not used VHS Fletchers before. He stated ‘I was treated very well and would pass on how great your service is‘. He then said ‘I was very pleased how well you came across. Your advice and demeanour was great’.
When asked whether he had any suggestions that might help improve the level of service that we provide he replied ‘I do not have anything to say. You are by far the best I have used’.
Instruct a Derby prison law solicitor
If you, a family member or friend require advice about any aspect of prison law then please get in touch with Derby prison law solicitor Rosamunde Benn. She can be contacted by telephone on 01332 546818 or by using the form below.
Many aspects of the law remain in the scope of the legal aid scheme so advice will be free. If not we aim to offer affordable fixed fees so that all prisoners have access to professional prison law advice and representation.
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