Tee Hee

Another time, when a young barrister asked a conference involving boxing: “Who is Joe Louis?” Sykes commented, sotto voce: “Won’t he make a magnificent judge one day?” – which, indeed, he now does.

7 thoughts on “Tee Hee”

  1. Someone told me, or maybe I read it, that there’s an informal competition between judges to be as ignorant of popular culture as possible.
    Seeing what popular culture has become I rather approve.

  2. The dull explanation for “what are the Beatles?” type questions is that juries can’t ask questions. So the judge has to guess what 12 random people know about popular culture.

  3. Luke

    I have very dim and distant memories of doing jury service 25 years ago, but I seem to recall that we were allowed to submit questions on paper to the judge for his clarification. If the guys in the jury room were unable to explain what Linford Christie’s lunchbox was, we would have had to resort to his clarification, which would no doubt have involved him asking the counsels.

  4. So Much for Subtlety

    bloke in france – “Someone told me, or maybe I read it, that there’s an informal competition between judges to be as ignorant of popular culture as possible.
    Seeing what popular culture has become I rather approve.”

    Judges need to seem to be impartial. Being deaf to the wind of passing fashion seems a good idea to me. I would rather a judge who did not know who Katie Price was than one who could not wait to snap a selfie with her.

  5. Diogenes, could be right (my jury experience is about 4 years ago when I spent 2 weeks being rejected). But even so, the whole trial continues for x hours until you can ask a question, while the jury have no idea what everyone is talking about.

  6. Luke

    12 random people?
    Given that jury service is so easy to get out of. (Just turn up in a suit.) I assume you mean random in the teenager sense of the word?

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