RACING POST PSUNDAY LETTERS (01.01.2012)
SITUATION UNACCEPTABLE KEVIN DARLEY Chief Executive Professional Jockeys Association.
"THE Professional Jockeys Association absolutely supports the need for central funding of defence costs in the most serious disciplinary cases heard by the BHA, as highlighted by solicitor Andrew Chalk.
"These cases are usually extremely complex, so an unrepresented defendant will rarely be able to present his or her case adequately, and the sanctions imposed can be career- ending.
"Against that background it must be unacceptable for a defendant to be deprived of legal representation for financial reasons when the BHA does not suffer from the same difficulties. The interests of justice demand a level playing field.
"This is something that has troubled the PJA for some time and, together with the NTF, we will raise it again with Paul Bittar in the new year.
"We expect other industry bodies will also offer support, as it is a subject of great importance to all those for whom racing is their livelihood."
SITUATION UNACCEPTABLE KEVIN DARLEY Chief Executive Professional Jockeys Association Racing Post Letters Sunday January 1st 2012