Eight hearings and granted right of audience every time? I find that quite hard to believe,that said I do know judges will on occasion allow a very brief comment for clarification, cross examination I don''t know off without right of audience which as far as I know only happens with lawyer MF''s.
Could this become a problem, once legal aid ends I''m sure it will, would it attract those who accredit themselves with some dodgy online resource oh yes, there maybe trouble ahead as the song goes, even right now there is a high number of LIP''s often fairly clueless and that number will rocket once legal aid ends.
If your a judge now maybe a good time to think about retirement.
Of course the remark from Shakespeare''s Henry VI "The first thing we must do is kill all the lawyers" is often misunderstood as the plotters intention was to remove the guardians of independent thinking and cause chaos and tyranny so actually it is a compliment to lawyers .
My experience when attending a hearing to make me bankrupt in district court where I was accompanied by my Mac who said NOTHING during the 10 minute hearing is that at the end the District Judge (who by the way was very distressed at having to adjudicate such an abusive claim) told my Mac that he was very impressed as my Mac was THE FIRST MacKensie Friend that he had ever had in his court room that had complied with practice Directions and said NOTHING.
My Mac,s response was that there was no need to say anything as I was capable of speaking for myself (he was right about that).
I do think that Judges are unnecessaily put under a ridiculous amount of pressure.
I think that there needs to be far more respect for legal teams but also where they are wrong they should be struck off and punished otherwize there will basically be no legal system very soon.
I am still attempting to get proper legal representation this time from a top criminal barristers set.
Self representation is a horrible experience for judges and litigants alike.