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Has anyone ever known a case to be adjourned because they're not allowed … Has anyone ever known a case to be adjourned because they're not allowed to represent themselves??



It's quite a lot more common than you think. Usually it's done when a judge believes that in the interest of justice that a person cannot reasonably represent themselves often this is as a result of;

- They are completely off their rockers and the court doesn't want to have to waste time listening to them
- The person is too incompetent to represent themselves in the assessment of the court


The defendant previously had representation but only for their plea date, … The defendant previously had representation but only for their plea date, which was to plead not guilty.



That day is very much a conveyor belt kind of day, with it taking a matter of minutes to get completed.

Sitting in court you can see wasted money flowing down the corridors.



There is a reason they say "the law is an ass". This is one of them. Lawyers have to earn their money somehow.

If you go to any government run place you'll see money getting wasted, that's nothing new.

I'm no expert but i'd think the judge would know best. Everyone has a right to free legal aid for criminal cases.
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