District Court no 3 in Wellington’s Ballance St has been closed to the public for one day and a half. Judge Harrop has been hearing argument from Counsel, and has made his decisions aboutthe shape and scope of the trial. In just over half an hour he will tell the jury and the public what those decisions are, and any remaining evidence will resume.
After all the evidence is given, the Prosecution and defence Counsel will give their closing address.
Then the judge “sums up” the case (by going through all the evidence in summary form, being careful to include all key elements), and then gives his directions (instructs the jury on what things the law requires them to consider and decide upon in coming to their verdict).
Finally the jury is sent out to deliberate, and if all goes well return a verdict.
If the jury convicts, there is a sentencing process to follow.
The trial will most likely take up the rest of this week, and may spill into next.
I’ll report on the Judge’s decisions this evening, and my feeling is they will be significant – both for the defendents, and for the processes of law in this country.
For gamblers, I’m still prepared to bet against a conviction. Any takers?