Ok, it was the First Appointment last week, already 1.5 hr late because my STBX barrister is delayed coming from London. Had a chance to compare notes with several other ladies in the waiting area. Eventually I''m called in, a bit surprised as I thought another lady was before me, sat down in front row of court and told my STBX and his barrister would be brought in after me. In they came, and sat next to me over other side of bench, not wanting to look at him I eventually glanced over and it was the WRONG HUSBAND and barrister!!!!!!I said to the judge ''I''m not divorcing that one!'' So I''m ushered out with embarrassed appologies and the correct wife installed. When I do go in next the judge has got so confused he calls me by the other lady''s name throughout! What a fiasco! I hope the FDR is a bit more organised!
Hehe it made me smile years ago when i was divorcing the ex and i were called to court, no reason given though i knew what it was for, wondered in with the ex sat down and waited for the judge to acknowledge us, so he lifts his head and says "so what do you want", the wife looks at me in horror so i tell the judge he called us no reason given.......................judge looks at the paper work, no notes, erm do you have a question perhaps, no sir so he asks the same to my wife, no she says getting more and more nervous, so i pipe up sir could it be the Consent Order we lodged to be sealed, ah yes good idea he says lets have a look.
So he starts reading bits of paper, ah yes right, so dukey why are you getting so much equity and your wife has such a large mortgage, the wife gives the is this bloke an idiot look, so i`m thinking this could go to hell in a hand basket in the next ten seconds.
Erm sir allow me to explain, we have two houses the marital home and one i bought to live in two years after we separated, the number you have for my equity is what i owe for the mortgage i have no equity, my wife lives in the marital home and the number you think is what she owes is actually equity, the matrimonial home is mortgage free, the judge says are you both happy with that then, we both say yes, the judge said thank you both for your time and that was that.
Its worrying how much is in their incompetent hands! At the last hearing (MPS) the Judge said ''how am I supposed to ask him for money when he''s unemployed'' and I had to explain what was already in my statement about a large joint sum held in STBX name, which then got halved. Honestly, I think I might retrain as a lawyer. You really have to have your wits about you.
Mistakes will always happen its all part of being human, if you think about it there is a fair old chain before you get to see the judge, clerks lister other officers of the court, if any make a mistake with paperwork or applications it can fall apart.
In general considering the numbers county court deal with they do a decent job.
Part of the problem is the pressure they are under not enough staff and not enough judges, so if a judge is ill the gap is difficult to fill, even when all is well judges just do not have the reading time they need, many take files home at night and eat into their own time to be prepared.
It all comes down to money, as usual, if legal aid is stopped then a bad situation will become a living nightmare.