6.1.07

Day 67 (week 14): Small claims

Off to the Small Claims Court again today as further preparation for April. With a barrister who has been a tenant for just over a year. It seems that most tenants are resigned to doing a lot of small claims in their first two or three years. Having watched a few now it seems to me to be a bit of a free for all jurisdiction in terms of what goes on. No-one swears an oath. Often the Judge simply takes the evidence by asking the questions himself and if any documents or other evidence comes in late, the judge just sighs and goes through the motions of complaining that they should have been there earlier before allowing it in anyway. The phrase “ the strict rules of evidence don’t apply” seems to be used every five minutes and you have to question whether there are any rules of evidence which apply at all.

Palm tree justice at its very best.

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