13 July 2020

Last week, Charlotte Baines successfully defended in the second jury trial to take place in Hull since the Covid-19 lockdown period began on 23rd March 2020.  This followed her appearance in the first such trial the week before.

The trial was presided over by HHJ David Tremberg, former member of Chambers.  The Defendant was acquitted after a 3 day trial.

This week Richard Thompson appeared for the Prosecution, securing the conviction of a Defendant accused of sexual misbehaviour at a caravan park on the East Yorkshire coast.  The Defendant was convicted by a unanimous verdict of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.  The trial concluded on Wednesday 8th July. The defendant will be sentenced at a later date.

It is expected that Hull Crown Court will shortly become one of the only Court centres in the country to be able to conduct two socially distanced trials in adjacent court rooms at the same time.  Members of Chambers have assisted the Court in the planning for this significant step.