Friday, September 14, 2007

Pursuit of knowledge

Does anyone know how to become a barrister in 3 weeks? I could do with some tips here. I have decided, after much thought (and consideration of the vast expense of a real one) to represent myself at the inquest. Ahem. Moi. I was talking to a friend yesterday about it, and she was as calm as anything and just looked at me and said... "You ever heard of David and Goliath?" Right. I would be the David part then. I need to find a slingshot thingy.

Knowledge is power, I have always said. And so Louise and I trundled off to Oxford yesterday to see how things work at inquests. While it is not something I would recommend as a fun day out, it was actually very interesting. I got to see the courtroom, where you sit, how to get there, where to park, etc etc etc. And how things happen. It seemed quite informal, and that was reassuring, but I am going to a "contentious" inquest next week to see what happens when there is a dispute, which might be more to the point. And may be the reason I change my mind on the spot. We will see. I need to see cross-examination in action too. You can just see my brain whizzing along at 2 zillion miles an hour trying to absorb it all, can't you? Of course you can.

The biggest thing for me, is that I know the facts better than anyone else. I was there all the time. Any barrister would be handed the file a day or so before the case, and I have to know more detail than they would. It seems logical. And it means more to me. Not to mention that I do like to be able to feed my family.

I have my questions. All I need to be able to do is to stay detached and calm and factual, and not collapse in a quivering mess. I can do this. I have to be able to do this. And I am very grateful that I have never been intimidated by authority or white coats. The hospitals are going to have their legal teams there. (I actually got to meet the head of one of those legal teams yesterday. He was told I was in the building and asked to have a chat, and I ended up talking to him for an hour or so. Interesting. We had only spoken on the phone before. ) There are 7 doctors being called and me. I am called as a witness too. But think, maybe it will be harder for the doctors to actually answer me. They will be under oath. And they know I was there. And maybe it will be better than having a barrister. A real one.

By the end of the inquest quest, we were exhausted, and so felt in the need of a little retail therapy for light relief. Not to mention food. Looking at the new winter fashions was fun, especially with a friend to spur you on. But by the time I got home, I was ready for bed. I was totally drained. But I am in possession of a beautiful new skirt and cardigan. She talked me into it.

My sister, who is coming for the inquest, has suggested that I go back with her afterwards and have a few days rest in Switzerland to unwind. I must say, the thought had not occurred to me, but it has definite appeal. Everything I am doing is focussed on one day at the moment, and the day after is not something I have given a thought to yet. So who knows..... I may be walking in the Alps soon. That is something good to look forward to.


momrn2 said...

WOW... what a task to take on! I admire you and pray that God will lead, direct and give you the words to say and a calm spirit in which to say them!

Penless Thoughts said...

If anyone could tackle this Linds I think it is you!!! I am a firm believer that TRUTH is supreme and that is what you have on your side, plus the Lord!!!

Susie said...

As you say, you were there and you know exactly what happened. It's also good that you don't get too emotional. I'm afraid that I would be a weeping mess...

Morning Glory said...

You certainly have a challenge ahead of you and I wish you all the best composure and peace possible. I'm sorry you have to go through this.

Isabelle said...

Thinking of you and hoping that all goes as it should on the day.

I've just been reading Amy's blog (didn't know about her). How terribly sad. She sounds so lovely.

Linda said...

I'm proud of you Linds. I believe you can do this. As you've said - you were right there and know all the facts. They can hardly be untruthful when they know that. I pray the Lord will give you wisdom and peace about all this. If He is for you, who can be against you? God specializes in the impossible! (I just heard Beth Moore say that.)
And Switzerland would be a great place to celebrate.
Have a restful weekend Linds.

At A Hen's Pace said...

I think you are so wise to go and observe several cases before you decide for sure, but it does seem like a practical move in your case.

I will be praying for the wisdom that comes from above!


meggie said...

Thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Positive vibes for the very best outcome for you.
Alps sound divine!

Dawn said...

Sounds like a great plan to me! I can imagine how frustrating it would be to listen to someone else trying to tell the story that you know so much better. Best wishes!!

Penless Thoughts said...

Drop by my site, Linds. I just gave you an award.