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Media roll in for Corby verdict

Reporter: Tracy Bowden

KERRY O'BRIEN: Tracy Bowden joins me now from the courthouse at Denpasar.

Tracy, how does this unfold tomorrow?

TRACY BOWDEN: Well, as far as we know, things are going to be a little bit different tomorrow,
Kerry. The chief judge has said he wants things to start earlier, he wants matters to be under way
by about 9 o'clock in the morning and also, Schapelle's arrival will be different. Normally she
arrives in a prison van with a bunch of other inmates. Tomorrow we're told she will arrive in her
own vehicle with just one prison officer. Instead of those scenes we've seen so many times now of
her struggling along a path surrounded by media, to get to that holding cell at the back of the
court, we're told she's actually going to be arriving at a gate just a few metres to my right here
which is then only a short walk to the court. Now, we can guess there's going to be an awful lot of
cameras here nonetheless but it certainly will be a shorter walk and perhaps a bit more controlled
than we've seen in earlier parts of this trial.

KERRY O'BRIEN: And in fact, in those earlier occasions, it's been a kind of a double-up process,
hasn't it? Having to run the media gauntlet twice, once to arrive to the holding cell and then
again to get to the courtroom?

TRACY BOWDEN: That's right. She's had to go all the way down along this very rough muddy path that
I walked along yesterday, just to try and get a sense of it, and then through some corridors in
between buildings at the back and into the court. So it seems they are making an effort to make
things a little bit less traumatic tomorrow, but certainly the scene behind me has undergone a
dramatic transformation in the past couple of days. It's been a bit like a film set. We've had
tents going up, cables being rolled out, satellite dishes going up. And because the judge has said
he only wants one foreign camera in the court, there has been a mad rush to find vantage points.
There are four windows behind me. Tripods have basically been taped to the wall outside those areas
so people can reserve good positions.

KERRY O'BRIEN: I know legally this case is decided on the evidence but I guess we'll never know how
much all of this media attention and the Australian reaction has impacted on the judges. They are
human, after all.

TRACY BOWDEN: That's right, Kerry. I mean, they have said all along that all that matters is the
evidence that is presented in this courtroom, but the fact is, and they also said it was just like
any other drug trial, there was nothing special but of course it has become something
extraordinary. You've got dozens of journalists from Australia who've been following every moment
of this case, and so you do have to wonder. When the chief judge came back from holidays yesterday,
he walked in here and there was bedlam in his court. You just do wonder what impact it would've
had, but ultimately they're professionals and they will say they're just going to consider the
evidence that was presented during the trial.

KERRY O'BRIEN: And very briefly - they are scheduled to deliver their judgment at 11am our time
tomorrow. Will they read a lengthy judgment? Is that what's expected?

TRACY BOWDEN: Well, we understand that they will go through the key elements of the trial, so
again, it's guesswork but they're saying it could possibly be an hour, but you never know. It could
be quicker. This case has had all kinds of twists and turns and unexpected developments. So it
could be quicker than that but the anticipation is it may be an hour or so, and then at the end of
delivering that, it will be the sentence and then discussion about time allowed to make an appeal.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Sorry, let's just double check that time. You said 9 o'clock your time?

TRACY BOWDEN: Sorry, 9 o'clock our time, so yes, 11 o'clock eastern standard time.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Thanks, Tracy.