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1 to accept that we have to set Monday aside to complete her
2 evidence, so we are going to break into next week, anyway.
3 If we are going to do that, do we lose anything at all by
4 saying let her be called into the witness box on Monday and
5 have perhaps Monday and Tuesday for her evidence.
7 MR. RAMPTON: My Lord, it matters not to us, at all.
9 MR. JUSTICE BELL: It would be most unfortunate if, in some
10 anxiety to press on with the case, I said tomorrow morning,
11 and she was clearly under distress because she had not got
12 her notes and felt insufficiently prepared.
14 MR. RAMPTON: I agree.
16 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Let us go on with Mr. Miles now. Is there
17 anyone in court who can make a phone call for you while we
18 get on with the case?
20 MR. MORRIS: Yes.
22 MR. RAMPTON: I would say this: I would like, your Lordship, to
23 try to finish these nutritional (sic) issues, saving
24 Professor Crawford.
26 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Advertising.
28 MR. RAMPTON: Sorry, advertising. I would like to finish it if
29 it is at all possible, and before we start on recycling and
30 waste the following week. Whereas what has happened last
31 night is serious and distressing, I would like to start
32 Miss Dibb on Monday.
34 MS. STEEL: It is a pre-arranged holiday. I think she has to
35 go abroad.
37 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I think you should find out what the
38 situation is. I would like to avoid anyone having to
39 cancel a holiday, but I am afraid, time and time again, it
40 has to happen. It just depends just how important the
41 holiday is and how important the stage in the particular
42 litigation is. But it seems to me the first thing to find
43 out is whether, in any event, she can come on Monday and
44 Tuesday. Two days should be sufficient ---
46 MR. RAMPTON: Yes.
48 MR. JUSTICE BELL: -- should it not?
50 MR. RAMPTON: It depends how long the evidence-in-chief goes on.
52 MS. STEEL: We will find out what day she has to go away next
53 week. But, with respect, Mr. Oakley was due to give
54 evidence and he had some conference that he wanted to go
55 to, and he got put off to any old day.
57 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Find out first. We have so many arguments
58 when we do not know what the actual situation is. Find out
59 first, and then we will discuss it again.