THE WEAKNESSES OF THE ADVERSARY SYSTEM The weaknesses of the adversary system are: • The system is slow because it prolongs the actual trial which means justice is delayed. • The system is expensive. Legal advice and representation costs money. People may not afford it. The system favors the rich. • Oral evidence is stressed and can be a problem particularly for witnesses who may not be able to deal with lawyers nor recall events that happened too long ago. • Judges and juries may have too much information to deal with. The rules of evidence may be too hard for the jury. • Not all evidence may be brought out. • The truth may not be reached.