The man accused of a string of Sydney bombings and murders in the 1980s has described his former legal aid lawyers as "a joke", telling a judge they wanted to rush his trial to move onto more profitable cases.
"They were in a huge hurry to get this over and done with so they could get back out to the money," Leonard Warwick testified in the NSW Supreme Court on Monday.
The 72-year-old, who is facing the prospect of acting for himself for the rest of his trial, also complained that the team had not wanted the widow of slain judge Justice David Opas to be cross-examined, a situation he described as "fishy".
The former Family Court litigant has pleaded not guilty to four murders and 20 other offences relating to seven events between February 1980 and July 1985, alleged to have flowed from a drawn-out custody battle with his ex-wife.
His trial began in May 2018 before Justice Peter Garling, without a jury, but has been beset by repeated delays and adjournments primarily related to funding his defence after he became penniless.
After 103 hearing days, the judge ruled in February that the trial be stopped or adjourned unless Warwick was legally represented again.
He was then granted legal aid for a new team to replace his previous solicitor Alan Conolly.
However, in June the team withdrew from the case, and his legal aid funding was terminated.
On Monday, Mr Conolly applied for a stay of the trial until Warwick had funds to enable him to again be legally represented.
Mr Conolly agreed with Justice Elizabeth Fullerton's understanding that Warwick's faith in the new lawyers was partly affected by them allegedly expressing the view that he would be convicted of the charges.
Under cross-examination from the prosecutor Ken McKay, Warwick said he received very little advice from the three-member team who "were always a joke".
Referring to a list of more than 200 possible crown witnesses yet to be called, Warwick said the team put very little effort into discussing them with him and only wanted to cross-examine about six.
The team told him that the written statements of some witnesses were enough but Warwick said he wanted them to be asked about what police said to them before their conversations and "what deals were done".
Warwick said he could not recall if they told him lawyers could not attack witnesses without a factual basis because of ethical rules and that they would not just cross-examine witnesses to cause embarrassment.
Despite telling the team he was too exhausted, Warwick said he was pressured into agreeing to reduce the witness list "down to nothing".
Warwick is charged with the 1980 shooting murders of his brother-in-law Stephen Blanchard and Justice David Opas; the bombing of Justice Richard Gee's home and of the Family Court building in Parramatta in 1984; and, in the same year, the bombing of the home of Justice Ray Watson in which his wife Pearl was killed.
In 1985, he allegedly set off a bomb that ripped apart a Jehovah's Witnesses hall, killing Graham Wyke and injuring 13 people, part of the congregation offering support to his ex-wife Andrea Blanchard.
The stay application will continue on Tuesday.
Australian Associated Press