"It'll be great to see the public gallery full on the last day,
we get loads of support and encouragement
from people coming along."
Dave Morris, McLibel Defendant
After two years of testimony and eight weeks of closing speeches, the 'McLibel'
Trial (the longest trial in English history) is drawing to a close. All
that's left now is the judge's voluminous judgment, which is expected
in June 1997.
The McLibel Two, Helen Steel and Dave Morris, have been defending themselves against McDonald's highly paid and very experienced legal team, led by one of the UK's top libel lawyers Richard Rampton QC.
The climax to this epic battle (in which two radically different views of the world have been played out in the most austere and imposing of settings) will be an event well worth seeing for yourself.
The McLibel Defendants will greatly appreciate people coming down to court to witness the Judge delivering his personal 'verdict' - the fuller the public gallery the better.
WHERE: The Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London WC2. Map and full travel details. (Court room TBA)
WHEN: The date of the verdict has not yet been confirmed but is expected to be in the third week of June 1997 or later. It will be a date decided on by the Judge in consultation with McDonald's and the Defendants, once he's ready. We will annouce the date as soon as it has been confirmed.
FURTHER DETAILS: The court is open to the public. Entrance is free. There is a public gallery at the back of the courtroom. Cameras and recording equipment are not allowed in the building.
It is likely that the public gallery will be packed some come early. If you can't get in, don't worry, there will be a small demonstration outside the court while the verdict is given and a press conference shortly after.