The defendant was denied his federal Sixth Amendment right to the effective assistance of counsel when the court recessed trial proceeding for the day in the middle of the People’s cross-examination and ordered that defendant not confer overnight about the substance of the case with his counsel. Defense counsel did not object to the court’s order; nevertheless, the Court of Appeal exercised its discretion to consider the merits of this case because of the importance of the rights affected by the court’s order.