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My name is ***** ***** I am a NSW Solicitor. Thank you for your question, and will do my best to assist you with your question. Please understand this is not legal advise Please understand this is not legal advise but a guide to assist you.
I need more information as to what happened.
You have to understand that a party to the proceedings is the one that runs it. The Solicitor are there representing them if they are unhappy with them the party can speak. But the court can ask them to not do so as they are represented.
Also many lawyers do allow their clients to speak in some cases but they advise the court they wish to say something.
No there is no precedent it is up to the judge if they will allow it.
Have you asked your representatives to be allowed to speak for yourself?