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Dearbhail McDonald: Judges fear loss of independence far more than cuts to pay, holidays

Published 17/01/2013 | 17:00

THERE is much about Ireland's legal traditions that confound the public. The black robes and horsehair periwigs – a fashion trend pioneered by King Louis VIII of France and brought to English shores by Charles II – are two examples.

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Another is the legal terms named after Christian feasts and the two-month court holiday during August and September.

The summer sojourn, known as the Long Vacation – around which our school terms are based – was borne out of the need for gentlemanly lawyers and judges in the past to quit the courts to tend to their harvest.

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