Thanks Alex. A few things to clarify please:
Question 3: No. Using plain English is not a reason to undermine a persons account. But you can still attack their version of events on the basis that its wrong.
When you state 'But you can still attack their version of events on the basis that its wrong' do you mean with relation to the phrases 'cut up/cut across' being wrong in context of the events whereby I stayed in my lane and he changed lanes? Or not relating to the phrases?
5. Do I address the Judge ‘Your Honour’ or ‘Sir/Madam’?
Which is correct please?
6. -Yes. If you need more time then ask for the barrister to arrive one hour before the hearing. Most barristers will be hwppy to oblige.
Can I contact the Barrister directly if I can find her number?
9. -The questions will be closed - usually to make you give a yes or no answer. You will be tempted to expand on your answer but you should keep it short and simple. The purpose of cross examination is to undermine your account and for the other party to present their case. I suggest you keep calm, focus on the question and answer it. Trying to avoid a difficult question will appear evasive and inconsistent.
Can you give an example of some questions please?
If a question feels misleading, can I ask for more clarity or for it to be rephrased (without appearing obstructive) eg if the claimant’s barrister asks ‘did you change lanes’ the answer is yes but that was before the incident occurred and at the time of the incident I was secure in my lane. Should I state that as my reply or ask the barrister ‘at what point are you referring to’?
In addition, when I am on the stand, will I have to state what happened or will the Judge use my statement as evidence so I do not need to give the entire account?
If I am asked to explain what happened, do I paraphrase what is in my statement or give a more detailed account?
How long will the case last? Are third parties allowed into the room (my partner)?
If I want my barrister to say something on my behalf, do I write a note and pass to her? And is this only relevant during cross examination of the other party?
Would the barrister have had much time to prepare for my case or do they only get the case in the morning of the day of the trial? My trial is at 2pm.