Justice is usually no laughing matter. However, giving evidence before the Commons justice select committee last week on the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases, barrister Joanna Hardy, of Red Lion Chambers in London, quipped that practitioners deal with technology in the Crown court ‘which will make your average 14-year-old weep with laughter’.
How outdated are we talking? ‘We still use CD-ROMs,’ Hardy said, noting the world at large abandoned those decades ago. ‘I sometimes have to listen to interviews on a cassette tape on a Walkman, which is retro,’ she added.
‘I remember those,’ chipped in committee member David Hanson, Labour MP for Delyn, who was born in 1957.