Judicial language decoded

“The exigencies of a busy list court” – the cause of any and all shortcomings in the decision under appeal.

“This case falls to be considered on first principles” – the state of the case law is a mess and my clerk is away.

“A further discount in sentence for rehabilitative prospects is warranted” – I am fudging this to get to the end point I want.

“The experienced District Court judge” – the judge with whose decision I agree.

“With respect” – with no respect.

“The circumstances of this case are clearly distinguishable” – they’re not, but I disagree with the Court of Appeal.

“I remind myself that…” – you can appeal, just not on this point.


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