Councils, Courts and Conmen The film documents a “liability hearing” for council tax where lay advisers entered the court under common law and were kept waiting for two and a half hours and put into a criminal court with a dock rather than the small rooms usually used in courts for this purpose. The film shows how magistrates and the clerk will do anything rather than honour their oath, even calling the police who do act honourably. The freemen win the day however, but of course the “liability” was already established. However the court employees still got paid.