Silly season

It was definitely the silly season at court today. I arrived to find two junior barristers having a skidding competition across a newly polished floor in the robing room and then found a few others playing a barrister version of boules with their wigs in another part of the courthouse.

But if that wasn’t enough, when we went into court, the judge seemed more than a little distracted by what was clearly his big shiny new Christmas present: a brand new iPad. Worse was that there was no hiding the fact that whilst the witnesses were giving evidence he was clearly playing a game with his new toy. Not just any game either but the hugely addictive ‘Angry Birds’ whose sound he accidentally switched on during one of his games.

Still, it’s not as bad as TheVamp’s experience this morning who reported that her judge who was apparently looking a little the worse for wear had actually started snoring during her closing submissions. Then there was OldSmoothie who was sitting as a judge himself yesterday and proudly boasted today about having adjourned his criminal trial so that he could go pheasant shooting.

‘All of which goes to show that if you can ever choose a court date never pick the Christmas period,’ said BusyBody today.

‘Unless that is you’ve got something to hide,’ chortled the fat pompous one.

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

December 29, 2010 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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