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Dear Lord Denning,
The Hook and the Sting
The most important insight, one of many, was to discern your role in the collapse of the English Legal System.
I enclose a copy of the Second Impression of the above book.
It is important, for the record, that you make reply, and any reply will be added to the third impression and all future copies of the book, along with a copy of this letter, which will in any case be published.
[You are very welcome to make an interim reply, to be followed by a more lengthy one. The latest version will always be used in copies then in press.]
Ivor Catt 4
July 1996 and 1nov97
Further message added to second copy of letter, and sent on 26 July 1996.
If comment by you is unavailable, I would welcome comment of any length on the book by your authorised representative, and promise to include it in future issues of the book. Yours, Ivor Catt
LIST OF CONTENTS
Addicted, like all lawyers, to a drawn-out, adversarial system, the Lord Chief Justice and the Director of Public Prosecutions have solemnly debated the right to trial by jury. For the Defence, Lord Taylor of Gosforth, argues that its abolition would be "socially divisive". For the Prosecution, Barbara Mills says this automatic right should be scrapped, and jeers at its Magna Carta sanctity: "We do not usually go back to the 13th century to decide how to run things."
Many of those who make their living by conducting litigation accepted at the seminars that they would not be able to afford their own services if they had the misfortune to be caught up in legal proceedings. In addition, many lawyers who specialise in litigation accepted that the situation cannot continue as it is at present. While their views might differ as to the nature of the change needed, they all agreed that change was necessary. - Lord Woolf, "Access to Justice, Interim Report .... on the civil justice system ...". June 1995 ,..". June 1995 , p9. http://www.law.warwick.ac.uk/Woolf/woolf.html . However, in his Final Report, see same website, Woolf betrayed his Interim Report, which we now see is merely a salve to his conscience for being a member of such a venal brotherhood. In his Final Report, he makes the Denning proposal, that the lawyers should take a percentage of the whole of the monies owned by those in litigation. I also saw him betray all that his Interim Report stood for in a disgraceful performance before Pelling in the High Court two years ago. He went behind the new legislation, saying it could not have been the intention of Parliament that their new legislation, however worded, should lead to the growth of cut-price legal advisers. This is the classic Denning technique for obstructing the will of Parliament, and evading the law.
In a 1993 hearing in Watford County Court I said to Circuit Judge Stockdale; "There is no point in my convincing you, because during the six years that I have been involved in Watford County Court, the court officials have not once succeeded in drafting a court order which properly reflected the intentions of the judge. Recently, after complaining to the Chief Clerk about misspellings, I received a written 'appology' [sic]." Stockdale then said, "What do you want?" I replied, "I want the case properly conducted, properly recorded and the resulting court order properly drafted." He said, "Do you want it transferred to another court?" I replied, "Six months ago I asked the Lord Chancellor to transfer the case to another court." He then transferred it to another court, where the charade continued. This kind of nonsense, straight out of Alice in Wonderland, is not a functioning legal system.
I once received two court orders from the same court about the same case, dated the same and signed by different judges, making contradictory demands. On enquiry, the court officials told me to obey both! The victim is helpless, with no recourse, when confronted by such idiocy.
In 1995, the court officials in Watford County Court still cannot spell properly. Since they remain semi-literate, it is obvious why they persistently breach court procedures. Unlike trained lawyers, they know no better, and tamper with files and sabotage proceedings, for which mackay has apologised to me. However, what is the value of an apology? I have found that other courts are not so different.
Such illegal behaviour is reported to me from other courts around the country.
A report funded by the ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL quoted in the Telegraph, 4nov93, p8.
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The hook and the sting
1. Law - England 2. Law - England - History
ISBN: 0 906340 09 8