Sunday 18 February 2018

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

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

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.

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss