JFSA QC “I’m trying to understand the impact of it.”
J: That’s your job.
JFSA QC: “I think that’s clear.”
J now looking at scheduling of pleadings, defences etc
PO QC: One half of this case is that the computer didn't work and the other is that you terminated incorrectly, and there are claims of money attached to both.
JFSA QC nodding.
PO QC: My Lord, that’s not fair - my learned friend’s team has at the last count 5 barristers and how he chooses to split...
J: No matter how many junior counsel on each side there are two PO teams led by senior counsel but Mr Green is one senior counsel and he will be leading the Horizon trial.
This is an argument about workload - Mr Green [JFSA] wants the time to prepare for
J orders defences 17 June (as PO QC says presumably we are dealing with issues of concealment and fraud)
J orders claimant replies by 8 July and says we will have to interleave disclosure schedule into that.
J says issues for trial in R3 have to be settled by end July.
J: dates or process?
JFSA QC: process
J: No secret as things stand the UK is leaving the EU. There is an element of management planning going on within the courts involving people more senior than me as we may have a resourcing issue.
4 days w/c 18 March
no sitting w/c 25 March
4 days w/c 1 April
and final 4 days w/c 8 April
Judge has risen. That’s the end of CMC. There will be a piece up on postofficetrial.com before the end of the day.