Alice has brought a civil claim against Barbara, and the paperwork has all been filed as directed in the written case directions. Alice has been self representing while Barbara has hired Barry as her high end professional representation.
Then it comes time for a trial / substantive hearing. In principle, the court should make special allowances for Alice as the self-represented party, while the professional lawyers representing Barbara should be held to a higher bar. Alice should be offered more assistance in conveying her case in sessions of open court. But in fact Alice finds that the judges appear rather biased against her: instead of helping her to make out her case with guidance, they are quite arrogant, brusque and snappy. Alice can hardly get out 3 words before being interrupted by the judge to be accused of either repeating herself, or rambling about irrelevant or unimportant topics before she has even been able to explain the full point and its particular supposed relevance to the case. They further accuse Alice when she tries to be rigorous and clear in her arguments of effectively condescending the court which Alice can rest assured, she is told by the judge, is expert in the law and does not need to be educated in it by her. Finally Alice is cut short from making her final few points that she would like to pose because the judges thinks they have heard enough even though in reality they have hardly heard anything from Alice who has hardly had any opportunities to complete a full thought. Meanwhile Barry is allowed to speak at length until he is finished.
On the other hand, Barbara’s highly qualified professional representative Barry is allowed to speak virtually without any interruptions from the court whatsoever. When the court does on one occasion cut in, it is merely to affirm and bring even further one of Barry’s arguments but never to challenge or negate anything which he had said. Barry however has barely said anything of legal or logical significance or insight but rather seems to do a lot of vapid rambling about totally insignificant topics, certainly repeating himself a very great deal, and much of his rambling in fact amounts to in insightful insults toward the other side.
While no verdict has yet been handed down, but Alice has serious concerns as to the conduct of the trial and the impartiality and propriety of the judge in presiding over it, what recourse does she have to register these concerns about the fairness of the trial?