Report from the first week of court

First, thanks to everyone who came down for the demo on Monday morning, and to everyone who’s been in the gallery during the week, it’s been good to have a few friendly faces around.

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Westminster Magistrates Court, Marylebone Road. Photo: Hurd Rolland Partnership

Westminster Magistrates Court, Marylebone Road. Photo: Hurd Rolland Partnership

In sum, it’s half time.  All the Prosecution evidence has been heard, and the judge will decide by Monday on the case so far:

  • If the judge believe the Prosecution has not established the basic legality of the Section 12 order, we will find out on Monday that the trial won’t continue, and we’ve won.
  • If the judge thinks the Section 12 order could have been legal, the trial will continue. However, the judge may decide that on the facts of individual cases some people don’t have enough evidence against them to allow a chance of conviction, and they will be aquitted on Monday with the case continuing for everyone else.

If the trial continues, the Defence will present evidence, with some of the CM9 defendents testifying on Monday and Tuesday.  Then a pause in the trial until 13-15 March, when Defence witnesses who aren’t the CM9 defendants will testify, and the case will get concluded.

At that point again, after all Defence evidence, the judge can find either that the order was unlawful, in which case all CM9 defendent win, or that the order was lawful. In the latter case, individual cases will come down to the facts relating to individuals.

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If you’d like to support the CM9 in court, you can sit in the public gallery of the court room. This week, the trial is still being held in Westminster Magistrates Court, 181 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5BR.

Arrive before 10am to get a seat in the public gallery.

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Supporters turn out at court

Demonstration

Yesterday about 20 supporters braved the bitterly cold winter morning to support the CM9 on their first day in court. The supporters carried home-made placards proclaiming that ‘Cycling is not a crime’ and ‘Is it illegal to cycle in our city?’.

An Indymedia report (including pictures) can be found here.

Ashamedly, the trial is expected to go on for at least 4 more days. Nine people are being put through judicial hell for simply cycling during the Olympics.

Justice for the CM9 – cycling is not a crime!

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Support the CM9 in court

Monday 25th February is the first day of the CM9′s court case. The trial will last between 5-7 days. There will likely be a large contingent of cyclists at the court on the morning of the 25th demonstrating our support for the defendants.

Join us on bikes and with placards from 9am at:

Westminster Magistrates Court
181 Marylebone Road
London
England
NW1 5BR

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