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Mystery Jargon

Mystery jargon
 
 

 

The terminology of the profession can baffle those of us who qualified many years ago, so we can only wonder how it appears to non-lawyers. What, for example, do the following mean? How are they different from their non-legal meanings?

 
 

Actus reus
 
 

 

Bands

Bear Garden

Bench wig

Bencher

Black bag

Blue bag

Breeks

Bundle

Cab rank principle

Call

Case law

Chambers
Chambers tea

Civil action/proceedings

Client

Collarette

Counsel

Damages

Devil

Discovery
Entail
Eructation

Ex parte

Full bottomed wig

Green bag

Guinea
 

Habeas corpus
In camera
Inner Temple

Inns of Court

Junior

Junior QC

Ladies’ collar

Libel

Lightweight pincetta gown

Lord

Master

Master of the Rolls

Mens rea
Middle Temple
Neckband shirt see Tunic shirt

 

Novus actus interveniens
Ogden Tables
Party

 

Pecunia non olet
Perpetuities
Practice

 

Pro bono
Pro hac vice
Punter see Client

Pupil

Pupilmaster

Quantum

Quantum meruit
Queen’s Counsel
Red bag

Refreshers

Res ipsa loquitur
Rogue and vagabond
Royal Bencher

Senior barrister

Senior junior

Senior QC

Silk

Table/Tabling

Temple

Tenant in tail

Tippet

Touting

Treasury Devil

Trousering

Tunic shirt

Vest, vesting

Answers will be given in the next blog.

 


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