Friday, July 29, 2005
This week I read a law report followed up by a newspaper report in the Telegraph about a well known grumpy Judge who is often found at Snaresbrook Crown Court. This situation does sound very amusing but in reality grumpy Judges and District Judges do affect cases. There is a District Judge who I am told is required to sit a number of days a year as a Recorder in one of my local Crown Courts, but the Crown Court does all they can to prevent the Judge sitting as a recorder because they are such a handful and have an attitude very much like the Judge in the Telegraph report. When I appear in front of the District Judge I have a general rule of thumb: 'If you cannot say what you need to say in three seconds then don't bother'. If you cannot spit it out before the District Judge intervenes and questions exactly what is going on and then rubbishes what you have to say then there is little point in saying it.