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