There were around 50 members of the public in court.
‘Are you sure you have nothing to say?’ said the Judge.
So I did, pointing out that it was impossible to challenge any application to bar the press & public from part of the case, if the application itself was also heard in camera
But he said there was obvs a submission the defence wanted to make in camera so what he’d do would be hear the defence reasons why the application had to be heard in secret, not the application itself, and decide if it should be made in camera
It gets stranger
And then we were all out into the corridor.
The judge then announced that, while we were out, the defence had not made any submission on hearing part of the case in camera, or any submission why he might want to, after all.
But as we then thought we would turn to the defence submission we thought we were there for - what evidence would be admissible - there was another surprise.
That’s 120 miles from Bristol.
It gets better....
We are not, still, 4 weeks away, sure where that trial will take place. It could be Chippenham (30 miles) or Salisbury (52 miles), but probably Salisbury.
But what is clear is that they were not prepared to make them in a court in Bristol in front of the press and public.
Taunton, Salisbury, Southampton, Swindon, Chippenham, Bristol.