Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne said she was concerned if Mr FitzPatrick was giving the same instructions to both sets of legal representatives.
She was assured by solicitor Michael Staines,�who is representing Mr FitzPatrick in criminal proceedings,�that he was.
Mr Staines told the bankruptcy court it should not proceed with questioning him on a particular issue until the outcome of the criminal case.
He said it was possible the�Director of Public Prosecutions�would also ask the court to adjourn the case.
The application by a court-appointed official to question Mr FitzPatrick in the High Court as part of bankruptcy proceedings had been adjourned to allow statements to be submitted to the court.
In July, the High Court was told the official assignee wanted to examine Mr FitzPatrick about the ownership of a large London office investment property.
Ms Justice Dunne adjourned the matter for two weeks and asked Mr FitzPatrick’s legal team to lodge sworn statements setting out their submissions on the issue of prejudice.
Today she noted that had still not been done.
The former Anglo Irish Bank chairman is estimated to have debts of €150m and assets of €47m.
He was declared bankrupt in July 2010.
The mere mention of his name chills politicians and his journalism has blown an icy wind through Westminster. Paul Staines is Guido Fawkes and Fawkes is the pen name of Britain’s most notorious political blogger, inhabiting the website order-order.com
This baby has form. We can call it a baby because the platform for journalism is young enough (set-up in 2004) and bold enough. When Staines had to present to the Leveson inquiry he shrugged his shoulders and answered back.
When he receives solicitor’s letters he often rolls his shoulders and laughs – the latest, for supposedly offending the wife of the Sultan of Brunai!
But this is a thinker more than ready to cause offence in the best interests of the best endeavour of journalism – getting to the truth and holding authority to account.
Holding that position is an empowering place for any journalist to be he says and order-order.com is free to do its thing because Staines can’t be sacked for saying the wrong thing, he’s the boss.
The son of a Dublin mother, Staines is an Irish citizen with a determined attitude. Order-order.com has taken a hammer to a few atoms but Staines admits there’s no great science behind their splitting.
The secret formula to attracting two million readers a month to his website is old school ethics:
“I’m with Kelvin McKenzie,” he says, referring to one of Fleet Street’s most notorious editors. “Keep the format simple, then amaze, amuse and entertain. It’s the ‘Gotcha’ attitude; make them angry, tell them something they didn’t know, or make them laugh and you got them. But you have to do it every day. Hopefully we do all three.”
Often dogged persistence is enough. Like in 2009, when Staines, writing under his non de plume of Fawkes, exposed a Labour party smear scandal, which went right to the door of Number 10. He rates that story as his most rewarding.
Then, Staines obtained emails written by the Prime Minister’s spokesman Damien McBride, where-in he proposed publishing a series of online slurs related to the lives of leading Conservatives.
His expose hit the Labour Party like a puncher’s right cross and brought an apology from Gordon Brown… in journalism, it’s where you want to be.
With every breaking political scandal, the popularity of his product has grown and his journey has roots in a “cantankerous and argumentative nature”. Qualities he celebrates as being typically Irish.
But there is arrogance and courage too. In the past Staines has defied super-injunctions because he never felt threatened by telling his unique brand of truth. And he says that if there’s a lesson in all of this, it’s been his accessibility.