assize the court is in session

Oyez, the assize is back in town!

Ah, the ancient tradition of the opening of the assize; the stentorian voice of the sheriff of the county, dressed in a frock coat, and ringing a bell, flanked by scarlet coated Mounties, summoning us, a gaggle of black-robed barristers, chafing under ill-fitting, starched tab collars, to attend before the bar and draw lots to […]

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