You probably know my case, so I won''t get into details.
I got a letter from my solicitor today asking me to prepare all evidence I want the barrister to have that supports my case. I have been dealing for the last five hours with hundreds of pages of IMs and e-mails that ALL contain evidence concerning my case but I do not know how to filter them or how to make the important parts stand out or even better what are the important parts in conversations that are SO long?
I need some advise, please, as I am getting desperate. If someone has been through a similar process, please, share some thoughts and advise. I will appreciate this highly.
My solicitor e-mailed me that I should find any rellevant correspondance or material I want the barrister to look at and she will forward it to them. I will meet with my barrister 30 minutes before the hearing.
The only reason I can think of for your solicitor not assisting you with this process is that it is quite time consuming and so from a time perspective.
You will want to ensure that your barrister is fully appraised of your circumstance but you do not want him/her to be bogged down with arguments that are no consequence - i.e if there are 200 pages of correspondence relating to at whose house the stuffed bear is kept it may be best to refer to this point in your instructions to the barrister but to omit the correspondence.
Also if something has already been agreed - i.e you will have the children on your birthday then the correspondence in relation to that need not be included.
You do want to incluce correspondence from you arranging contact , activities for the children, communicating issues in relation to them and repiles to that or anything received that you feel is particularly unfair/unreasonable/ puts the children in danger.
Your solicitor should really be assisting you. Also in relation to the barrister, if you are privately funded, that it is you that has hired the barrister and so if you feel that you need more time with him/her you can request so.
I have already copied and pasted the e-mails with chronological order and the IMs with the same structure. I have cut any irrelevant part ie. how was your day? I have a headache etc and kept it to the minimum in case there are things discussed in between that are relevant to the case.
I am thinking of creating three .doc files, one with e-mails, second with IMs and third will be a brief history and background info and in the end what are my concerns and goals/expectations from the court case. I want to make it as easy as it can be for the barrister to read through it, understand and focus on the important parts. I do not want him to get lost in details. I pretty much treat it as a University paper...
Thank you for bringing to my attention the fact that I can have more time with my barrister. I was not aware of that. I will ask for more time with him, for sure.