Defendants who appear in court via videolink are being ‘treated differently’ from those who appear in person, solicitors have warned, with a much higher proportion going unrepresented. The pilot virtual court, whereby defendants make their first appearance in court via videolink from a police station, has been running since May, linking 16 London stations with Camberwell Green Magistrates Court. Greg Stewart, a defence representative at local pilot implementation meetings in London, said: ‘Some weeks the vast majority of defendants are unrepresented and every week the majority of them are unrepresented. We predicted this as the police were never going to encourage defendants to get a lawyer.’ He said judges appeared happy to deal with unrepresented defendants over the videolink, but were more reluctant to do so when a defendant was unrepresented in court, even where the charges were more serious. ‘This illustrates our point that those on the videolink are treated differently,’ he said. Shabana Fazal, of London firm GT Stewart, said: ‘There’s no way defendants using the videolink are getting the same treatment as those physically present, and [those who are represented] aren’t getting enough time with their solicitors before their cases are called on… The process is more lengthy than normal and hard for defendants to understand.’ A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the full rollout of the pilot was only completed in August, but a detailed evaluation would be published in September 2010. About 110 cases have been heard through the pilot so far.
Riga, August 21, LETA. Latvian national team striker Kitty Laksa will also represent the “TTT Rīga” club next season, the unit informs.Lax was named the Seattle Storm by number 11 in this year’s Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft. The contract stipulates that he will join his team in the spring of 2021.Until then, Laksa will continue to represent “TTT Rīga” – in the club he has scored 910 points in 92 games, won 227 rebounds and returned 74 assists.Laksa “TTT Rīga” debuted on October 13, 2012, in the Latvian-Estonian league home game. In three seasons, the forwarder started in five of the 78 games, scored 728 points, won 183 rebounds and made 54 assists. Under the leadership of coach Aigars Nerips, he became a two-time Latvian champion and a two-time Latvian-Estonian league winner.On December 7, 2019, she returned to the square “TTT Rīga” in a shirt, marking 23 points and three assists in a home game against the University of Tartu. The striker scored 8.0 points in an average of 20.6 minutes and won 2.6 balls under the baskets in seven Euroleague games. In the Latvian-Estonian-Lithuanian league, she averaged 18.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in seven games.In 2015-2019, a student of the Riga French Lyceum studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Laksa reached the final of the American Athletic Conference League for three years in a row and helped the Bulls qualify for the NCAA Championship three times.During the career of Laksa students, 86 of the 99 games started in the top five of the USF Bulls. She scored 1764 points, won 312 balls and made 97 assists. In the 2018 season, Laksa reached two NCAA First Division records – throwing 11 three-point shots in one game in a row and taking free throws with 96.5% accuracy (111/115).He made his debut in the Latvian state unit on May 11, 2013 in Alytus. A month later, she became the youngest player in the 2013 European Championship to take the field. She has represented the team in three European finals (2013, 2015, 2017) and the World Cup (2018), scoring 293 points in 51 games. He scored 654 points in 51 games in the youth national team.The first coach of Latvia’s best basketball player Laks in 2018 is Mudite Zandere.It has already been reported that “TTT Rīga” will also play in the FIBA Euroleague main tournament this season, where it was drawn in Group B together with Ekaterinburg UGMK, Istanbul “Galatasaray”, Sopron “Uniqa” (Hungary), Bourgeois “Tango”, “Basket Landes” ( both France), Skio Famila (Italy), as well as the Spanish team Girona ‘s Spar Citylift and Sfintu Georges’ ACS Sepsi SIC from the winner of the Romanian pair.Last season, “TTT Rīga” took the last place among eight teams in the subgroup of the Euroleague main tournament and did not qualify for the elimination tournament. The Rigans later triumphed in the Baltic Basketball League and were confirmed as the winners of the national championship after the main event of the Latvian Women’s Basketball League.
Chelsea are set to receive a double transfer blow with Juventus defensive duo Alex Sandro and Giorgio Chiellini on the verge of signing new contracts.The Blues were heavily linked with both stars during the summer as they attempted to reinforce their backline.Sandro, the flying full-back, was pursued throughout the summer by Chelsea but Juve managed to keep hold of him.Meanwhile Antonio Conte is also a big fan of his compatriot Chiellini, the centre-back he managed for both Juve and Italy, who is inside the final year of his current deal.But according to the Corriere dello Sport, both of them are now close to committing their futures to the Turin club.As talkSPORT told you earlier this month, Juve have been negotiating a two-year extension for Sandro and the terms now seem to be agreed.While Chiellini, who is out contract in the summer when he would be able to leave on a free, looks set to pen a contract until 2020, which would take him up to the age of 36. Alex Sandro and Giorgio Chiellini are on the verge of signing new contracts 1