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Makes sense. I can only speak from an American perspective, but court cases drag on FOREVER. And most people don't have the emotional or financial resources to see it through to the end. Especially when going to court means missing work/school and disrupting one's life

Do the accused not have the right to a speedy trial in gB?

Right to a speedy trial is a myth in America. Court cases drag out forever and its frustrating as hell

No. My case took two and a half years to go to trial, which is pretty standard.

Wow. Sucks all around, for all parties

I would say it is far worse for victims for a million reasons. the main ones being : they have a right to see you give evidence so you have no right to privacy or protection from harassment, you don't get to choose your own lawyer, and you have to give over all of your electronic devices.