Monday, April 10, 2006

Irish Judges To Drop Fancy-Schmancy Titles

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that judges in Ireland henceforth want to be known as just "Judge", not "Your Lordship" or "Your Worship" or "Oh Great Master of the Universe and Source of All Wisdom" (just kidding).

It is all part of a policy to abolish the use of British titles in Irish courtrooms.

It has certainly taken some time.

As the article explains: "Since the 1150s, when Henry II introduced the common law system empowering judges to dispense justice on behalf of the king, commoners have been required to treat them as nobles, and deploy a host of titles such as 'my lord' . Despite attempts to abolish the practice in Ireland after independence in 1922, it has clung on."
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posted by Michel-Adrien at 7:01 pm


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