Now, I too have a matter that I want to raise with the parties before the witness continues with his testimony, and this relates to the sitting hours that are currently on the schedule. We - a matter was brought to the attention of the judges in the week of the plenary by the Registrar. It was actually a memorandum, I think, or a letter written to her by the Defence where the Defence were seeking a change in sitting hours. This memorandum I think was some time in April. You might recall, Mr Griffiths. And certain sitting hours were proposed by the Defence. The Prosecution did respond to those sitting hours and, of course, the judges have deliberated on the issue and we've come up with a schedule that we think would take care of the concerns from both sides.
This is a memorandum that the Registrar showed to us or was forwarded to us by the Head of Office, Gregory Townsend, in which the Defence had sought earlier sitting hours and - yes, and I think the Defence has - had sought to finish later in the day. Now, the Prosecution, on the other hand, had said they would like to finish earlier in the day but to sit the whole day Friday, the reason being that they use the time after the end of the day's sitting to prepare for cross-examination, et cetera.
Now, we were given a copy of this memorandum and we've been thinking about it and deliberating on it. And we've taken into account the need to expedite the trial and to see where in the day we can extend the hearing, and it seems to me that the only time that we could extend the day is at the beginning of the day, such that instead of starting at 9.30, as we've normally done, we start at 9.
However, we felt that we couldn't extend the day beyond 4.30 where the sitting normally ends because that is the time that the parties need either to consult their client or to prepare for cross-examination for the next day or to prep witnesses. And, indeed, Friday afternoon, we were also of the view that we couldn't sit the whole day Friday because as we've settled in the past, we all need Friday afternoon at least one day in the week we need an afternoon where we can do other work that cannot be done outside of the day, such as deliberating on motions, drafting motions, et cetera.
So we have come to the decision, this is not going to take effect immediately, we're hoping that this will take effect from Monday next week, that the day will begin - the day's sitting will begin at 9 o'clock in the morning instead of 9.30, from Monday till Friday we will start at 9. However, on Friday we will end - instead of 1.30 we will end at 1 o'clock and this, in effect, gives a total of two sitting hours per week extra, from what we've heard. Now, it may not sound as much, but I think it will go some ways to expediting the trial and the breaks within the sessions remain as before.
Now, I hope there are no comments. This is not something that we expect to debate. We've decided that this is the way it's going to be. Starting next Monday we will start earlier at 9 o'clock and we'll see how it goes.