(...with Georgie, my devoted 'court' groupie)
District Court v Local Court - no comparison!!!!!
Admittedly the appeal was dismissed, but hey! my conviction was quashed, and there were no fines, no court costs; just an abundance of courtesy, generosity, time, guidance...
...and also...I am no longer a criminal!
Basically the judge agreed with my submissions on procedural fairness, necessary belief and proportionality of response, but ultimately felt that necessity could not be applied to my 'lifestyle' choice of un-helmeted cycling - my concerns of catastrophic climate change & climate justice just did not persuade him in terms of 'immediate peril.'
Notwithstanding, justice has been done - he listened to me; I have been heard!
What a difference a 'different' court makes!!!!
...and you know what else? - I loved being at the bar table!!!!!