Kangaroo court

Earlier this week it was TheVamp suffering judicial ignorance. Today I had the pleasure of being subjected to the following judgment:

‘Mr BabyBarista tells me there is clear court of appeal authority to say that I cannot find for the proposition put forward by the other side. That may well be so. But this is the small claims court and we all know full well that in reality Mr BabyBarista’s insurance company is never going to appeal such a small case.’ He gave me a cruel smile before continuing, ‘Which of course means that I am not only completely free to disregard such high-minded authorities but very much intend to do so.’

When I mentioned this to OldSmoothie later, he chuckled and said, ‘The funny thing is, BabyB, that while parliament is constrained by Brussels and the supreme court by Strasbourg, the very lowest court in the land is in reality the last unappealable and truly sovereign body left.’

‘Nice to know that someone’s prepared to give a show of independence at least,’ said HeadofChambers.

‘What, through a kangaroo court overturning not only the rule of law but any hope of justice for clients as well,’ I said a little tetchily.

But hey, maybe I’m just a sore loser.

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.

October 28, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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