The issue is merely this, your Honour, that at present the court is scheduled to commence at 9 o'clock. However, when we break at 1 o'clock the court adjourns for an hour and a half as a luncheon adjournment. We are, as with all parties to these proceedings, concerned to proceed as expeditiously as possible and we are not requesting that the sitting hours be reduced in any way, rather we are suggesting that perhaps it might be more appropriate for us to commence in the mornings at 9.30, conclude for the luncheon break at 1.00 and return at 2.00.
The reason for that request, your Honour, is simply this: my client, the former President of Liberia, has to get up at an ungodly hour in order to get here to be transported from Scheveningen to this court facility to be here in time to commence at 9.00. Obviously, over the course of what inevitably will be a extremely lengthy trial, that will no doubt have a great strain upon his physical ability to concentrate during the course of what must be for him an extremely long day.
But it is not limited to that, your Honour. We also could use the time in the morning to discuss various matters with the defendant in the hope that, as a consequence, we can save time during the rest of the day because, as your Honours will appreciate, it is inevitable in a trial of this kind that issues may arise during the course of the proceedings which require the taking of instructions from Mr Taylor. It may be that an appropriate time for that matter to be dealt with would be first thing in the morning, so we say that for a number of reasons it may be appropriate to re-adjust the sitting hours in the way that we suggest.