My commitments list is updated
If you want access to this you need a username and password
which can be obtained by phoning my PA on 01274 878604.
If you want me to be available for a trial or
hearing, please consider issuing a subpoena or witness summons.
If you do not do so, someone else will and in my experience
the courts take into consideration the date of issue and the
level of the court in determining precedence.
When I am on holiday, I am on holiday and, although
citizens have a right to justice, I have a right to a private
and family life.
My Wednesday morning ward round is a fixed commitment
for which I am contractually obliged to be present. Therefore
on Wednesdays my availability for court is limited to the afternoon
and to courts within easy travelling distance of Bradford. In
long cases I will return to Yorkshire on the Tuesday evening
and not be available until the Wednesday afternoon or Thursday
morning depending on the location of the hearing.
GMC - I sit as a Chairman of the Fitness to Practise Panel of
the General Medical Council. When I am sitting, there can be
no interruptions, even for a half day when I am in London or
Manchester. Therefore I hope and expect that cases will not
be listed when I am sitting.
Mental Health Review Tribunals and Managers
Hearings If listed, these relate to my own patients.
I am contractually obliged to attend these. If it is intended
to list a case that is intended to take precedence, I respectfully
request that an officer of the court asks the Tribunal office
or Hospital to re-list the Tribunal or Hearing respectively.