In business English there is a lot specialist language and one business sector that has lots of interesting language is law!
In fact a lot of Latin is spoken in court rooms all across the English speaking world and in our legal English blogs you can find information about the Latin terms used.
However in this blog post I will not write any Latin, rather I will focus on the phrase, “The Learned Judge“.
The legal English phrase, “The Learned Judge” is used almost every day in court rooms and in legal papers, but what does it really mean and where to use it correctly?
To be honest the phrase really has no specific meaning; it is in fact, a polite way to address a Judge.
However the phrase can be used in a number of different ways.
Lawyers may use the phrase “the learned Judge” when they are talking about Judge who is not in the room.
“In his/her decision in the last case the Learned Judge said that the situation in law is unacceptable”.
Lawyers could also use the phrase “the learned Judge” when they are talking about Judge who is in the room, but not talking to the Judge directly.
“As you will remember earlier in this case, the Learned Judge issued a direction on this point of law”
Finally lawyers may use the phrase “the learned Judge” they are writing a document and want to refer to a decision made by a Judge.
“In the matter of R v Smith the Learned Judge said that….”
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Text: Feargal Coffey 18th August 2016
Photo: 3D Judges Gavel by Chris Potter via Flicker https://goo.gl/bM7CVG (cropped)
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