Listing – how far down the list do the Bar come?

It has become increasingly apparent that List Officers given even less of a fig than ever about any semblance of assistance to counsel or common sense and fair play in day to day listing. They refuse to list mentions when requested, only after repeated and prolonged badgering does anything happen. They move things apparently at a whim, without consultation and with not much more notice.

However, it is perhaps the day-to-day listing that causes more inconvenience, anger and resentment than anything else.

I have a case in Manchester Crown Court at Crown Square tomorrow and a hearing in another case at Derby CC.  A pupil will have to cover my case at Derby and this is the list she will have to contend with:

Court 4 – sitting at 10:30 AM

MR RECORDER M STEPHENS

For Review

T20160154 KEELY James C
DCS CASE – PROBATION AND DEFENDANT ONLY TO ATTEND

For Mention (Defendant to Attend)

T20097138 DAVIDSON Joseph A

TO FIX POCA HEARING
For Mention
T20150364 HOPKINSON Antony
DEFT ATTENDANCE EXCUSED POCA
For Mention (Defendant to Attend)
T20150677 PALFREYMAN Lawrence

POCA MENTION
For Mention
T20150808 CRYANS Jack
FORFEITURE ORDER
T20160044 CRYANS Jack
FORFEITURE ORDER
For Application
S20160248 FREEMAN AKA BEST Michael A
APPLICATION TO REVOKE AND RESENTENCE
Breach of Order
S20160183 MCDUFFUS Shane D
S20160233 HUSSAIN Zunaib
S20160237 FINN Carl J

S20160236 MILLER Terence P

S20160245 ILIFFE Anthony A

S20160246 HICKLIN Matthew L

S20160247 ALLEN Charlotte E
Committal for Sentence
S20160184 MARSHALL Tracey M
DCS CASE LAPTOP REQ ALSO BOO

 

For Mention (Defendant to Attend)
T20167081 EMMS Samuel P
OFFER NO EVIDENCE DCS CASE LAPTOP REQ
Committal for Sentence
S20160135 EMMS Samuel P
S20160134 EMMS Samuel P
DCS CASE LAPTOP REQ
Plea and Trial Preparation
T20160239 BOOTH Lisa
DCS CASE LAPTOP REQ
T20167135 FATHOULLAH Nezar S
KARIM Ali Y
KADAR Hiwa
RASHID Alan A
AHMED Goran M
DCS CASE LAPTOP REQ – KURDISH SORANI INT REQ

All of those cases are listed at 10:30  – not one time-marking to be found.  Our case is, in effect, 20th on at 10:30, after numerous hearings, inter alia sentences, breaches of order etc – so not 2 minute jobs! An absolute farce. A complete and total lack of respect and consideration for the dozens of legal professionals who will have to attend in advance of 10:30 and then doubtless wait for hour after hour for no remuneration in most cases. Just rank discourtesy. As for my chambers pupil, it will also entail a train at silly o’clock and sillier cost. Why on earth could they not give some of the hearings a n.b. 11:00, n.b 11:30 or n.b 12:00 time marking?

The same applies to my Manchester case – we were 9th on at 10:30 – all lengthy PTPH hearings. No time markings in sight. Thankfully my clerks did manage to prevail upon the List Office to time mark our case at nb 12 pm eventually. It is a nightmarish little private prosecution with issues all over the place. Not an ideal case to be sitting waiting around for hour after hour.

We are all too aware of the total lack of consultation with the Bar and the complete lack of consideration to dates to avoid etc, but this daily two-fingers almost gets my goat even more.

Thank you. Rant over…. for now!

 

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About utterbarrister

Long-suffering, hard-working barrister in Criminal Practice at Chambers of John Coffey QC, 3 Temple Gardens, London
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