Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Outside the Court of Appeal

Leon Glenister of Hardwicke chambers is having his first day in the Court of Appeal.

Inside the courtroom, I wonder if I could use photographs from Spotlight to illustrate what's going on. On the bench we have Nigel Hawthorne, Joanna Lumley as Purdey, Siân Phillips. The nearest court official is Maxine Peake with her hair up.

The case is Fernandes v Watson and Others. The concept of 'good reason' is being discussed. Dean Underwood, Leon's leader, argues that reason for failing to attend court can range from the copper-bottomed one of slipping on a patch of ice and ending up in hospital to the barely acceptable. A judge challenges the copper-bottoming: the person might have gone out wearing inadequate footwear.

I take the drawing of Leon to his chambers and ask the receptionist if it reminds her of anyone.
She looks blank.

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