Questions about organizational malfunctions Public hearings at the Westminster Magistrate Court
Monika Karbowska made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd EM
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Madam The Chief Magistrate of Westminster Magistrates' Court,
The association WikiJustice Julian Assange was present at the public extradition hearing of Mr. Julian Paul Assange on October 21, 2019 room number 1.
We would like to draw your attention to anomalies that we found at the Westminster Magistrate's Court Court entrance, in the hallway in front of Room 1, in the public area of Room 1 and in Consultation Room 4 .
A. On October 11th as well as on October 21st in front of the court entrance and in front of room number 1 between 9am and 10am, a woman, who is named "Greekemmy" or "Emmy Butlin" on Facebook and Twitter, physically prevented members of our association and others from accessing the court entrance and room number 1. She claimed to have the right to decide who has the right to enter the courthouse and in the room and who has not this right, based on a list she had established herself. When the members of our association told her that the hearing was public, she responded with insults and physical intimidation attempts.
Can you tell us on what legal basis does this person prevent the public from freely attending a public hearing? What are the exact functions of this person in the Westminster Magistrate's Court and what distinguishing marks should it bear if it is vested with police power granted by the Court?
B. In Public Spaces in Courtroom 1 from 10:00 to 11:30 am until the end of the hearing on Mr. Julian Paul Assange, this person, "Greekemmy" or "Emmy Butlin", was forcing some people to provide her with their name and contact information, telling them that she has the authority to do so.
Can you tell us according to which law a private person would have the right to collect private data of private persons in a public court when it does not have the authority of police and shows no distinctive sign proving this authority?
C. After the audience of Mr Julian Paul Assange some people who attended the audience in the public area met together in the Consultation Room number 4 from 11:15:. Mr. Juan Branco, French political activist and Ms. Renata Avila, political leader of the European Political Movement Diem25.
The consultation rooms are reserved only for the lawyers of the Court and their clients. However, these persons are neither defense lawyers in the case of Mr. Julian Paul Assange nor in any other case. Nor are they clients of Mr. Julian Paul Assange's lawyers Mrs. Gareth Peirce and Mr. Mark Summers.
We would like to know under what law were these people able to hold a meeting in a courtroom reserved for lawyers and their clients?
We thank you for your answer.
This information was received by:
- The private security firm at the Westminster Magistrate Court
- The Supreme Court
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