Day 097 - 06 Mar 95 - Page 03
1 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Do you have any objection to a copy of your
2 letter being shown? I appreciate that that has references,
3 obviously, to what the doctor says.
5 MS. STEEL: I would rather that it is not. I mean, if -----
7 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Do you understand the difficulty of deciding
8 anything which is to do with procedure if the Judge has
9 been given information by one party which another party
10 does not have?
12 MS. STEEL: I would be prepared to read parts of the letter if
13 that would -----
15 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I think perhaps you should say in the hearing
16 of those who represent McDonald's what you are prepared to
17 say. I think that would be helpful. Do you want to think
18 about it for a moment or two?
20 MS. STEEL: Yes, OK.
22 MR. RAMPTON: Would your Lordship like us to leave the court?
24 MR. JUSTICE BELL: No, I do not think so -- you can because
25 I will as well. I mean, what I would like you to think
26 about, if you would be so kind, with Mrs. Brinley-Codd,
27 Mr. Rampton, is since I have mentioned the suggestion of
28 stress affecting Ms. Steel's health, the extent to which it
29 is necessary to know more than that. That is all.
31 MR. RAMPTON: My Lord, perhaps I could have five minutes outside
32 with Mrs. Brinley-Codd?
34 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes. What I will do, I will come back at 10
35 to 11 unless I am asked to stay out for longer.
37 (Short Adjournment)
39 MS. STEEL: I will read out parts, if that is what you want me
40 to do.
42 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes, all right.
44 MS. STEEL: "I have been suffering from stress as a result of
45 the court case and over the past month this has been
46 increasing to a point where it is affecting my ability to
47 present our case and to cope with tensions that may arise.
48 The constant pressure and intensity of the case is
49 exhausting and I am finding it impossible to keep up with
50 the pace. Whilst we appreciate the provision of breaks for
51 preparation time, I would also request breaks for a rest
52 for the sake of my health. The attached letter is from my
53 doctor to confirm this".
55 I do not know whether it is necessary to read any more of
56 that letter and whether you want me to read parts of the
57 doctor's letter or not?
59 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I think I must leave it to you until I have
60 heard what Mr. Rampton wants to say. Can I put it, I am