Im due on holiday in 15 days time, staying at the ERC.
Heres my situation.
The mrs was asked to provide some evidence in a case relating to a former employee by her Security Office. My wife printed the former employees personnel record and handed it to the security office.
A few weeks later the British Transport Police visited my wife at her place of work and asked her to sign a witness statement confirming that the evidence she printed etc was correct and hadnt been altered.
A couple of months pass and my wife is called by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and advised she is required to attend a court hearing as a witness. My wife disputes the need to attend as all the info is in the file, and all she did was print it. Wife also explains that the court date is in fact on the days of her CIPD exams. CPS advise they will re-arrange for later in the year.
A couple more months pass and the wife doesnt hear anything. We book a holiday as most couples do. Wife then gets a call to advise of the new date which is whilst we are away. Wife advises of the situation, adding that her attendance at court wouldnt be beneficial as all the info is in the file. CPS go away......
We take out travel insurance for our holiday which is in 15 days time.
Thursday my wife gets a call advising that the case cant be moved again (judges decision) and she will have to attend. Wife seeks advice from her firms lawyers who advise that she will indeed need to attend or face a hefty fine and/or a jail term.
So I have a holiday in 15 days time that my wife cant attend, as if she does she could face a hefty fine and a short prison term!!
I cant cancel the holiday as Thomson will only give 10% of the holiday cost back.
Travel insurance people will cover it, however im guessing they will try and worm their way out of it by the fact the case was ongoing when we took out the insurance, even though the new date was only provided after we forked out £2500 on our holiday.
As it stands were waiting to see if they will accept the Security Officer attending in my wifes place, after all, she is the one who wanted the info and it relates to an employee who worked for my wifes company prior to my wife starting with them...
So to sum up, my wife, who printed a personnel file of someone who worked for her firm prior to her starting, could miss out on a holiday due to having to give evidence which is already in a printed file, or face a fine and prison.
Im hoping common sense prevails here!!!!!!!
My wife could simply be attending to confirm start and leave dates....if that is the case, she will probably be arreseted due to the fact she is likely to swing for anyone near her in the court room.
Sorry for the long story....I am simply fuming......