At a seminar last week, one of the most senior judges in India courted controversy by suggesting that "90% of Indians were idiots". But Justice Markandey Katju hadn’t bargained for the enthusiasm of a pair of "deeply hurt" law students in the audience to put their legal education into practice...
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Amid the Twitter storm of earnest pontification which greeted the publication of Lord Justice Leveson's report into media ethics today, there were thankfully a handful of tweets offering some light relief...
A US judge’s stinging criticism of a lawyer’s ability to write concisely has been doing the rounds on the internet over the last few days.
He then proceeds to heavily edit one of the paragraphs submitted by the lawyer:
"Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career,” explains one of America’s most senior judges, Sonia Sotomayor, during her appearance on Sesame Street on Friday.
"So, what kind of career can a girl like me have?" asks Abby, a muppet, in response. Listen to the Supreme Court Justice's advice in the video below...
In these tough economic times, it would be a shame for those costumes to go to waste...
Surreal scenes yesterday evening at the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) annual 'Kalisher lecture', which was delivered by Judge John Deed actor Martin Shaw. The gist of Shaw’s weird speech was: I don’t know much about law, but I love the glamour of the Inns of Court and I'm worried deregulation might spoil it.
Applied Language Solutions (ALS), the gaffe-prone interpreting service awarded the exclusive right to supply interpreters to courts in England and Wales, faces two high-profile hearings in the next ten days in which its £300m five-year contract with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will come under scrutiny.
At the first one, to be held at 3.15pm today in front of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the Capita-owned company – which has recently been re-branded as Capita Translation and Interpreting – will be asked to explain "shocking failings", including apparently inviting a rabbit and a cat for "interpreter assessments" and offering a dead dog an "immediate assignment in court".
But as Guido Fawkes reports, no one is allowed to say why.
Tom Harper, investigations reporter at the Evening Standard, said via Twitter that the story behind Briscoe's arrest is "jaw-dropping".
Watch this space...
UPDATE – Office for Judicial Complaints statement:
"The Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor have suspended Constance Briscoe from the judiciary pending the outcome of the police investigation into the allegations against her. It would be inappropriate to comment further whilst the investigation is active."
Yesterday may not have been the most relaxing Sunday for a mystery media law partner at Hamlins called "Chris", after a press release in which he was featured caught the attention of The Observer media columnist Peter Preston.
According to Preston, the press release – sent by a PR on behalf of Hamlins – provided notification that "Chris" was about to win a big case against the Mail on Sunday, with the result to be confirmed the next morning when Mr Justice Tugendhat handed down his verdict. The press release also provided quotes from the judge and "Chris" – who Preston refused to name in full but did disclose was a "senior libel partner at 'well-renowned' Hamlins LLP and representative of Hello! magazine among others". In addition, Preston says the PR offered to send out the whole judgment on request.
It turns out that some of this may have been against the rules.
"Hang on!" squawked Preston, "I thought draft judicial verdicts (see Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 40E) couldn't be supplied ahead of publication to "any other person" than the parties involved? Nor be the trigger for anything but "internal" action until then?"
Chris Grayling, the new hard-line Lord Chancellor, isn’t the kind of guy who naturally elicits sympathy. But yesterday was an exception, as poor Grayling was put through a creepy League of Gentleman-style initiation by Lord Judge and his guffawing underlings at the High Court.
"Much has been made of the fact that the new Lord Chancellor is not legally qualified," began Judge as he welcomed Grayling to the role, before pointing out that there had in fact been three previous holders of the 1,400 year-old office who were not lawyers.
After pausing for comic effect, Judge noted that all three had ended up in the Tower of London....