Friday, July 13, 2007
It's a sad day for those of us who have always loved the pomp and circumstance of English justice: The judicial wig, the wing collar, and the variegated robes used in different courts will be no more civil cases.
The British government -- which has been known to knock down 11th century Norman churches just to widen a roadway -- has decided to do away with four centuries of tradition to save a measly $600,000 a year.
That presumably means that the next Nichols v. Raynbred or Adams v. Lindsell will delivered by somebody dressed (like an American judge) in a black polyester gown and Hush Puppies. Sic transit gloria mundi, if that's the expression we want.