What Judges Learn in Writing School
"The culture is shifting."
"Instead of writing with only lawyers or appeal courts in mind, many judges now consider their most important readers to be the public — and the losing party."
"Justice Jeremy Nightingale, who presides in Meadow Lake, Sask. and northern fly-in communities, is an example of how far things have come."
"He often gives copies of his decisions to his neighbour, a farmer, to make sure they’re readable."
" 'I want someone with little or no education to understand what I’m doing,' Nightingale said."
"And that raises an unusual new controversy"
"In a quest to hook their readers, can judges go too far? To some of their colleagues, a few judges are enjoying the writing process a bit too much, turning out prose worthy of a detective novel and crossing a line into bad taste."