I usually sit in court if one of my Justices (Lord Hughes and Lord Toulson) is on the panel. Two or three Judicial Assistants sit in on each case and these are typically cases on which our Justices are presiding.

The hearing in R (on the application of Evans) v Her Majesty’s Attorney-General and another (Case Preview) begins this morning. The case involves whether certain letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or otherwise. Even though I haven’t been assigned to it, the case is of particular interest and Lord Hughes is on the panel so I decide to go along. Before the hearing, which starts at 11am, I go in to Lord Hughes’ office and we discuss the stronger and weaker elements of both parties’ cases. I subsequently have a more colourful conversation with the other Judicial Assistants, who have taken a keen interest, about which parties’ legal analysis should be preferred and which way we think the Justices will decide.  Continue reading »