We’ve got some feelers out for results from this morning’s court case at the Royal Courts of Justice, where Sabine McNeill and Belinda McKenzie are looking down the barrel of £2,000 in court costs related to the mishandling of the Melissa Laird case.
Meanwhile, though, a couple of documents have been sent our way, both of which would appear to have some bearing on their case.
First, this important media release by the Judiciary Executive Board, which has “issued a consultation paper proposing reforms to the existing guidance for ‘McKenzie Friends’, non-lawyers who offer assistance and in some cases seek to appear as advocates on behalf of litigants-in-person (LiPs)”. They’re calling for comments from interested parties, to be submitted by 19 May 2016; comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As one of our readers pointed out, one paragraph in particular seems to relate to Sabine and Belinda’s shenanigans:
Code of Conduct – the paper proposes that the standard notice process includes a Code of Conduct for McKenzie Friends that they would be required to agree to comply with. This would ensure that, as with legal representatives, they would acknowledge a duty to the court, and a duty of confidentiality in relation to the litigation.
Fearless Prediction #1:
Belinda and Sabine will link today’s release of this announcement with their own case, and claim that it’s all part of the giant stitch-up that’s meant to shut them up.
The second piece comes to us straight from Hollywood: BBC Macho Culture Blamed in Jimmy Savile Abuse Report.
Released this morning, the report submits that while some BBC execs knew what Savile was up to, senior BBC management was not aware of the abuse. Whether one agrees with this conclusion or not, it leads us to our second Fearless Prediction.
Fearless Prediction #2:
Sabine and Belinda will insist that the release of this report on the very day of their own hearing is part of the larger conspiracy to shut down dissent and stifle whistleblowers.
Wait for it….