I knew I was screwed when I sat down and started reading the questions, that faintly familiar feeling of dread and horror slowly creeping down the spine one I'd not felt since sitting for those abysmal Chemistry papers in JC1. For starters, I didn't understand half of what they were asking for, so the usual modus operandi of flipping didn't work too well since well I didn't even know what they wanted, let alone where to look to find a plausible answer.
But still I flipped, desperately, if only to find something which sounded remotely correct for the particular question before me. Some just left me totally stumped like that horrific part in question 1 about the multiple charges and what not. I had never been more tempted in my life to draw a smiley face and write something idiotic like "Bruce should adopt a more positive attitude!" Though I must say my hastily scribbled 'Duplicity of Charges. Appeal against it.' wasn't much better either.
The rest of the paper wasn't much better either, blowing two hours and ten minutes on question 1 left me with 50 minutes for the other two shorter questions which didn't fare too well either. How do you obtain the Notes of Evidence? 'Apply to the Registrar for it.' Right. Perhaps the only comfort to be gleaned from such a depressing paper is the general consensus that the Paper's an utter nightmare. Like I overheard one guy moaning to another, "I had absolutely no idea what to write! I just wrote that the cases are reconcilable and the law student who gave that opinion should be made to retake his legal education." Lol.
Well now I understand why the tutor commented in class, "Criminal Procedure is the most widely flunk paper, they even had to give everyone 20 marks across the board for one year. Which is why I don't have a very good opinion of the standard of the Criminal Bar." Touche.