A good friend is in court tomorrow on charges of cannabis possession. Her legal aid application has not yet been approved so solicitor will not agree to act - this all happened at 5pm today. She will have to use duty solicitor in mags court.
Question: can she request an adjournment until legal aid is approved as she has not see the evidence/had time to consult with solicitor?
Duty solicitors are independent professionals with expertise in this area. They are not the court's choice, or an inferior choice. Your friend's sol of choice is probably a duty if they are any good. Also, it is unlikely that she will get legal aid for possession of cannabis unless it is a huge amount or likely to be a complex trial. Magistrates will put the case back for legal advice from duty sol but may not adjourn, though of course she can ask.
If she wants a specific firm they may have someone at the court anyway? Did she have a solicitor at the police station?
Disclaimer- that's what would happen where I practise anyway, no idea about other areas etc...
What a pity it has been adjourned. My opinions on those caught with drugs and drug users are/would be viewed as fairly extreme on here and you've already figured what i think should happen.
People such as RavenVonChaos (who should really STFU) if you keep friends in your company who do that, they deserve it. Often it is always friends to complain first... they are breaking the law by being in possession of a banned substance... is this not breaking the law?