Hot-tubbing in court

“You know, I think it’s about time they allowed hot-tubbing in court,” said OldSmoothie today.

“Now why doesn’t that come as any surprise,” said UpTights.

“Or hot-tubbying in your case,” said BudyBody.

“What? So we’ll all be there in our swimwear?” said TheBusker. “Doesn’t even bear thinking about.”

“Don’t be so silly,” said OldSmoothie. “It simply means that the judge allows the experts to give their evidence concurrently. You know, together, on a panel. They’re already doing it in Australia apparently.”

“It’s never made any sense to me why you didn’t have all the experts appearing in court at the same time,” said HeadofChambers. “I’ve had innumerable cases in which something important has been raised during the cross-examination of one expert but by that time it’s either too late or just not practical to be bringing back your own expert to address the point and so you’re left just hoping for the best.”

“Though of course, you can also make that work to your advantage,” said UpTights.

“I guess it all depends whether you see experts as simply hired to put your own case in the best possible scientific way or whether they’re genuinely there to help the court come to some sort of independent conclusion,” said TheCreep.

“Independent? You really think we pay all that money for our own experts for them to turn round and be independent?” said Teflon.

“Of course they’re independent,” said BusyBody. “All your corrupt, biased evidence went out with the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules.”

“That’s right,” said OldSmoothie sarcastically. “And policemen always tell the truth and doctors never make mistakes. I think the Gloucester Old Spot is steadying itself on the runway ready for take-off.”

“Monkeys and organ grinders spring to mind,” said HeadofChambers.
“It all depends how you define independent,” said TheBusker. “I prefer to use it in the sense that they come to your side’s view of their own accord.”

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister written by Tim Kevan whose new novel is Law and Peace. For more information and to read past posts visit Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

November 2, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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