I am told some group litigations can take 5 years...
Mr David Cavender QC for the Post Office on his feet.
J: It’s what’s happening in THIS litigation.
The claimants proposed solution is to try more issues in third trial rather than individual cases. PO QC calls this “not very well thought through"
J also says a 5 week trial (as opposed to a 10 week trial) is the best balance between cost, effectiveness and resolution.
DC: My lord I think it is a terrible idea.
[he goes on to explain why]
PO QC says J's got low expectations of what might come out of third trial. It will inform many other claimants’ cases.
Third trial (now called R3) scheduled for 8 Oct. J wonders if this is too soon given we appear to be starting from scratch.
PG asks for November start.
PO QC agrees.
Judge adjourns rest of CMC till Tue 12 Feb
J you will agree list of issues in R3, which of the existing lead claimants can be used in R3 and..
Had hoped it would be end Jan, but it isn’t finished. Current plan is draft will be with parties in late Feb. J says it will not be handed down [made public]...