Three of London's magistrates' courts said they would remain open through the night in an unprecedented effort to cope with the stream of suspected rioters.Which came as a bit of a surprise.
At Highbury, one prosecuting lawyer, who asked not to be named, said: "Lawyers are used to working into the night but I've never seen this. These are very freaky times."And no doubt very profitable times, if you’re billing by the hour…
At one point yesterday, three custody vans waited outside holding defendants because the court's cells were full.It’s about bloody time.
"Those of us in the court had no tea breaks," said Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecuting Lawyer for London, who worked from 8.30pm on Monday until dawn the next day. "All I had was a bottle of water to get me through. There are a lot of sleepy lawyers in court but they worked extremely hard."