Sunday, December 23, 2018

Talking turkey

I said I would account for what I had "earned" from the Kickstarter campaign and PayPal tip jar on the www.postofficetrial.com website.

It looks like this...

Income:

Kickstarter = £8397
Paypal tip jar = £2245.52

Total income: £10642.52

Expenditure:

18 days work at £250 per day = £4500

Net surplus = £6142.52

I worked all 15 days of the trial plus two days of prep beforehand and one admin day during. The odd figures in the kickstarter and PayPal tip jar are down to the fees that both Kickstarter and Paypal take for themselves before passing on the cash.

The £250 day rate pays for my time, tax, travel, phone/data bills, food and caffeinated beverages. As my clients in journalism and the corporate world will attest, it is significantly less than I charge them. I am worried about giving them ideas, but hey...

It is my intention to work (on the same rate) at least three days on the trial in January - the day before the judgment, the Day of Judgment and the CMC [Case Management Conference] on 31 Jan.

This still leaves more than enough to cover the Horizon trial.

If I do three days in Jan and eighteen around the Horizon trial that's 21 days at £5250, leaving me three days to deal with the Horizon trial judgment (in April/May) and any further case management hoo-ha thereafter.

This, of course, raises the grisly spectre of the supposed "Breach" trial in October, which I may come a-rattling for next spring or summer, but we can worry about that when we have a date from his Lordship.

I cannot begin to thank everyone who has donated in any way to this project. You have created an environment in which I am able to do some hopefully half-decent journalism. The unexpected side-effect is that the path through which many people have donated money has become a channel of incredibly valuable information. I am grateful.

Any further donations will be spent clearing down a few days to do some research, make a few phone calls and write a few blog posts, but to be honest I can probably do that in my own time, so please don't give me any money if you already have.

If you are independently wealthy or you've never been here before and want to chuck a few quid in the tip jar, thank you - you'd be most welcome. I will account for it and promise it will be put to good use. 

CCRC delays decision till after first High Court judgment



Further to my post on 1 Decabout the Criminal Cases Review Commission. They've sent letters to the 30-odd former Subpostmasters whose cases they are reviewing telling them they will not be making any decision about their cases at least until after the first judgment in the Bates and others v Post Office litigation.

Miles Trent, Case Review Manager writes:

"I can now confirm the Commissioners have met to discuss the cases and have decided the CCRC must wait for the first judgment of the High Court in the Group Litigation (the judgment in the 'Common Issues' trial) before issuing any decisions in the CCRC cases under review. Once the CCRC has obtained and considered that judgment  - which is expected in January 2019 - the CCRC will take a view on whether it must also wait for the second High Court judgment (regarding the 'Horizon' trial) before it can issue any decisions in these cases."
A decision will be made on that latter point at the end of February 2019.

The former Subpostmasters cases were taken on by the CCRC in Spring 2015. If the CCRC decides they should go to appeal, their cases will be heard at the Appeal Court. Whether they will be heard together, individually, or indeed whether the CCRC will only allow some cases to go forward is still not known.

There is a lot riding on this for this group of former Subpostmasters. As well as losing their livelihoods and investments they were given criminal convictions and some were thrown in prison. Many of them started the fight to clear their names nine years ago.

Let's see what 2019 brings.

Speaking of which, could I wish everyone reading this (of whatever faith) this a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable break. I'll keep the blog posts coming as the first judgment approaches.