The Bar: Educating the judge
The training of England's tens of thousands of law magistrates, recorders and judges is a daunting task. But the Judicial Studies Board has received almost unanimous praise from those who have attended its courses, on themes from IT to diversity. Dominic Carman charts the history of the board and how it has contributed to the shape of the civil courts today
Peter Cook’s comic creation EL Wisty once remarked: “I could have been a judge, but I never had the Latin; I never had the Latin for the judgin’. So I’d had it, as far as being a judge was concerned.” Cook fulfilled his judicial ambitions with Here Comes the Judge, a cruel parody of the former Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s trial in which High Court judges were caricatured as privileged, prejudiced and patronising. At that time, it was not entirely wide of the mark.
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