Saturday, 22 October 2011


Some months ago i wrote in support of the Bristol Mercantile Court Judge for no one else had. He was castigated by the Court of Appeal for taking too long to produce a judgment which was upheld in every respect.
It is now apparent that the Supreme Court has a significant backlog of cases and PLC reports that the Prudential appeal on the issue of privilege may not be dealt with for a year.It strikes me that a litigant is just as badly off awaiting a hearing as they would be if awaiting a judgment.
The solution is to keep the bench to 5 and let them crack on with their work. On a  a salary of  £206,857 each when last  i checked it is not unreasonable to expect a bit of decent case management too.