Intern’s Diary – Maria Pantziarou (4)

Here at Regan Peggs Solicitors we are fortunate to be regularly joined by interns from Birmingham City University.  This instalment of the Intern’s Diary is written by one of them, Maria Pantziarou, about her time on 24th of October 2018.

Read previous instalments of the Intern’s Diary here.

Today I came into office and as usual I checked my emails and I set my tasks for the day.

Regan informed me about an urgent task that needed to be done today.  We have a client with severe mental health problems, who appeared without a solicitor in the police station and Magistrates’ Court.  He was allowed to plead guilty and was sentenced.  He doesn’t even understand what happened, or that he has pleaded guilty.  We are trying to unpick the conviction, and start the case again.  So far, the Magistrates’ Court has refused to reopen the case, and so we are applying to the High Court for a judicial review.  Regan asked me to collate, paginate and deliver the application and bundles to the High Court.  I had to print some documents and create an index for them.  I then copied the whole file for our office backup. I then went to Crown Court to get some signatures from Regan, and took the whole lot to the High Court to file them.  The experience of going to the courts was quite interesting as they pay attention to every matter.

I had to do all of this myself, because Regan is at the Crown Court this week, defending a client who is accused of stabbing someone.  Gemma was at a police station representing a client who is also accused of assaulting someone.  Luckily, they were both able to answer my questions as I went.

Once I delivered the files I returned to the office in order to continue with my other tasks of the day.

Overall it was a very interesting day and I learned a lot of information.

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