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The changing face of justice – The Guardian

“The visual vocabulary of courts – rooted in Babylonian, Egyptian, Classical, and Renaissance iconography – provides a transnational symbol of government, and courts have become obligatory facets of good governance. Consider the image of two women: one with scales, sword and blindfold; the other, Prudence, regarding herself in a mirror. Justice was once regularly shown with Prudence as well as Fortitude and Temperance, the four cardinal virtues. We know this imagery of justice because we have been taught it. Rulers regularly link themselves to the virtue Justice as they seek legitimacy for the laws that they make and enforce.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Representing justice

Lawyers should right-size their love of corporate jargon – The Guardian

“The legal profession is addicted to impenetrable language, but the fact is that phrases like ‘added value’ rarely … add any value.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

A bit of plain speaking can go a long way – The Times

“The US and the UK – so the saying goes – are ‘two countries divided by a common language’. The same could be said for lawyers and non-lawyers. Lawyers talk in a language which must seem like gobbledygook to everyone else. Take the word ‘tort’. Any law student knows that it means ‘civil wrong’. But ask a non-lawyer to give you a sentence with the word ‘tort’ in it and they might as well say: ‘I tort I tore a puddy cat!’ for all the sense it will mean to them.”

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The Times, 26th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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