atticus wrote:The OP has told a lot more since I last posted. However -
1. I struggle to understand how a trial can get through Day 1, to the end of Day 1, if the Claimant's barrister had not done any preparation.
I don't. All it takes is the combination of a crap barrister combined with a crap judge. Both of those creature types exist. Statistically, they would sometimes be together in the same Courtroom.
From the content of the the superb link which Boo kindly posted it seems that the OP was inadequately served by both the Court and his barrister. If the barrister had been even remotely competent, he/she would have taken Russell's issues up in Court and acted stridently against what seems to be the appalling conduct of the Judge.
The Judge was probably a crap lawyer in his previous life of minimal accountability and when appointed a Judge his/her fundamental character traits were unlikely to change.
The more I see of this thread the stronger my impression becomes that neither the barrister nor the Judge were fit for purpose.