Union fees in retirement

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  • pollypenny
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    I found it necessary to seek advice from my teachers' union last year, over an abuse case which had come to light from 15 years ago.

    I was called as a witness.
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  • glenrobbiescamp
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    Fire brigades union £25.00 for five years. Legal assistance and death benefit scheme, so quite good.
  • John_Pierpoint
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    As a criminal offence has to be proven beyond reasonable doubt in front of a jury is it really likely that 10 out of 12 people will think that you are lying?

    Mind you I have taken part is a few civil cases and seen the lengths to which the "opposing" barrister will go to try to discredit you as a witness.
    At the most recent case I was asked to explain the height above the ground of a barrier 15 years ago, the question was not relevant as an obstruction to a right of way can be any height, but I estimated about knee height and the barrister then proudly produced a photograph showing it to be nearer waist high.
    [He rather shot himself in the foot when he later produced a photograph against another witness that the judge noticed had been "photo shopped".]

    The sad truth is that almost nobody now believes in hell fire and damnation, so the oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth can be pretty meaningless to those hardened to the legal process.
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