22 Mar '12, 12am

If it pleases the court « The Straits Times Blogs

By Khushwant Singh [email protected] LAWYERS are supposed to be great debaters. After all, theirs is a career that demands they be articulate. Yet, step into any courtroom and you will find that very few in the legal profession are clear or concise. For example, I often see the accused in the dock whispering anxiously to his lawyer. In one instance, instead of telling the court that his client had decided to plead guilty, the lawyer turned to the judge and declared that his client "intends to take a certain course of action". The accused, already wracked by anxiety about the grim fate that awaited him, was now thrown into even more confusion trying to decipher what his lawyer had told the court. Perhaps, it's bad luck for a lawyer to use the "guilty" word? Of course, there are some lawyers who are truly eloquent, clear and unambiguous in court. But for every such gifted adv...

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