Olympics Offenders Face Instant Justice in London
If you’re headed to the 2012 London Summer Olympics, you’d better be on your best behavior. The British have learned their lesson from last summer’s sports riots and are ready to quickly mete out punishments to visitors who break the law.
For starters, prosecutors will be on call 24 hours a day to work with police officers and judges. Courts will be in session from 8am to 7:30pm. Crimes committed will be assessed under a new set of laws called “Olympics offence”. Some courts will be open on Saturdays to deal with Friday night crime.
The London justice system has set up a live video link from jails to court houses. Offenders won’t be transported from jail to court. Instead, they’ll appear in front of a judge while in jail. The plan is to have suspects charged within hours of committing an offense – fast by any standard!
Alison Saunders, chief crown prosecutor for London, was quoted as saying, “People who commit offenses on Tuesday will be on court on Wednesday. We are learning the lessons of the summer riots.” The new laws affect both British nationals and visitors from around the world. Anyone convicted can expect to be banned from all Olympic venues.
The timescale for “Olympic offences” began on May 1 and ends on September 30. We all hope for a peaceful Olympic Games.