Upholding the rule of law

“Is it just me or has the whole legal world just been turned upside down by the press?” said TheBusker. “I mean, I don’t give a fig about the privacy issue. But when there’s a court order in place, surely that should mean something?”

“And instead it’s undermined by the use of parliamentary privilege right under the nose of the attorney general, the very person responsible for enforcing that order,” said BusyBody.

“But what’s he meant to do. He can hardly start proceedings against every over-excited user of Twitter who forwarded it on,” said TheVamp.

“So, what? That’s it. Laws now count for nothing? Judges are powerless to enforce their own judgments? Come on,” sad BusyBody.

“I don’t know what you’re all so worried about,” said OldSmoothie. “We spend our lives trying to twist and turn judges and orders in our clients’ favour. We can hardly now start carping on about the sanctity of justice and all.”

“I’d be extremely disappointed if I thought that my barristers weren’t prepared to stand up to the judiciary,” said HeadClerk.

“Yes, but there are ways to do that and ways not to,” said BusyBody.

“What you really mean,” said OldSmoothie, “is that there are very expensive ways to bend the law through hiring the services of a lawyer and then there are much cheaper ones which bypass them altogether.”

“Which is exactly why we all need to uphold the rule of law,” said HeadClerk.

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 babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

May 24, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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