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Final hearing - CAO

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PrisonercellblockH Fri 22-Jan-16 21:24:02

I am part way through a CAO regarding dd. Ex was abusive towards me (witnessed by dd) and resulted in a non-molestation and subsequent prosecution for breach. I am over the earning threshold for Legal aid so i'm self-representing.

The final hearing is in a couple of months, he essentially wants daily contact. Would anyone be able to advise what happens at that particularly with regard to cross examination? ex has a solicitor and so i'm debating whether to get a barrister for the day.

Thanks very much

Collaborate Sat 23-Jan-16 08:26:05

Have a look at this very useful website set up by Clive Baker, a Liverpool barrister, called the Merseyside Family Justice Council. Lots of tips for self-reppers.

Borninthe60s Sat 23-Jan-16 08:45:13

Get a barrister. Your daughter deserve s it X

PrisonercellblockH Wed 03-Feb-16 06:23:28

So, got my first lot of quotes through for a barrister: 4k.

So that's not aan option.

Can anyone help with a question about a witness statement, should I include things like text messages in the appendix if I want to refer to them?

PrisonercellblockH Wed 03-Feb-16 06:33:45

That was a very useful guide Collaborate, fair few of my questions answered - thanks

Collaborate Wed 03-Feb-16 08:58:58

should I include things like text messages in the appendix if I want to refer to them?

Yes - provided they don't appear in any previous court documents such as past statements.

Fourormore Wed 03-Feb-16 16:04:36

£4k?! Is it a single day hearing?
A junior barrister would be about £800.
I paid about £1200 for a barrister who specialised in a certain area and that included a 1 hour meeting before the day and also pre and post correspondence.

PrisonercellblockH Wed 03-Feb-16 16:13:10

That was my reaction! How did you find your barrister, and what area of the country Four if you don't mind me asking?

Fourormore Wed 03-Feb-16 16:17:35

Midlands. I just googled barrister Midlands and found several in the right city so then I googled barrister <city name> <area of specialism> and this one came up. One of the clerks at the chambers emailed me a list of prices for various barristers at that chambers and they were all around the same price, give or take a few hundred for experience.

Is that price for a QC perhaps? I'd email a few chambers in the city nearest to the hearing and get some more quotes.

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