In brief: Appellants face 18-month waiting list

Parties involved in appeal cases are facing delays of up to 18 months before their cases can be heard, the Court Services Agency admitted last week. The admission came after solicitor Andrew Page was told by the Civil Appeals Office that an appeal on a breach of contract case could not be heard until January 1997. An agency spokesman said the delay was caused by a shortage of judges and other types of case being given higher priority.