Belinda McKenzie says she’s willing to go to prison to set a sign for the inappropriateness of us being financially penalised for doing pro bono work.
I am beginning to be amused when I read another McKenzie Friend writing about a farce by pink elephants! But when I emailed the Admin Court this morning, I was full of the ‘wrath of god’. It’s just too ridiculous to be taken seriously:
Dear Mr Chowdhury et al,
I have just received two letters dated 22 and 23 May respectively and I have two others of 19 May and 23 May. Altogether, they regard three hearings:
- on 23/05/2014 for 0 minutes [the letter announcing this is dated 22 May!]
- on 04/06/2014 for 45 minutes
- on 25/06/2014 for 30 minutes.
As I am in temporary accommodation while health and safety works are being carried out in my flat, the redirection delays my mail. Despite that, I find it impossible to make sense of this way of wasting the court’s time.
Or is this a new method for the courts to make money out of McKenzie Friends – against the spirit of the report by the Legal Services Consumer Panel?
This is therefore to clarify the consequences of the hearing on Tuesday 8 April when Mrs McKenzie and I were joined to the case for the purpose of costs, albeit in our absence, after we had sent an email.
- The Treasury’s Solicitor asking for theCaseto be disposed during the hearing of 05 December 2013;
- That was not the purpose of the hearing!
- The Court’s questioning her representation by McKenzie Friends on 05 December 2013;
- That’s when I enquired about her representing herself via videolink or Skype.
- The Court’s inability to adjust to telecoms of the 21st century:
- We asked the Court to ensure her personal presence
- but it insisted on ISDN which made it impossible for her to get her hearing on 08 April 2014.
- The Court punishing McKenzie Friends financially for their pro bono help toensure the claimant
- exercises her rights of appeal, once released from HMP Holloway – as advised by John Hemming MP;
- is given the chance for the substance of her case being heard – as advised by Mr Cowlin [Senior Legal Manager at the Admin Court];
- leaving Convention articles well outside the courtroom!
- Meanwhile her American son who was born in Ireland is being adopted by Barnet Council – as can be seen on John Hemming MP’s blog
- despite Sir James Munby’s judgements regarding foreign children as well as the use of social media;
- e.g. the Daily Mail article UK Courts must not decide the fate of foreign children.
Charles Dickens is dead. Long live his Bleak House!
Looking forward to some sense making clarifications,
Sabine K McNeill