Sunday, November 25, 2012

And the winner is ..... drum roll ..... envelope please .....

Good Day Readers:

CyberSmokeBlog was conflicted trying to decide who should receive one of its prestigious Lingua Judicia Obscurum Awards (Golden Arse Awards) for elocution.

On the one hand we had The Right Honourable Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, P C, Deputy of the Governor General of Canada
Nominated for:

We have a justice system that really is the envy of the world. The problem is that it is not accessible for far too many Canadians ..... In my view, access to justice is the greatest challenge facing the Canadian Justice System. The most problematic areas, according to the index, are access to legal counsel and unreasonable delay in civil justice. (Canadian Bar Association's Annual Legal Conference, August 18, 2012 Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Caveman: "Jeezus, a justice system that's the envy of the world, access to legal counsel and unreasonable delay in civil justice the biggest problems - is she talking about a third world country? If I hear another Federal Judge tell a self-represented layperson of limited resources they should get legal counsel I'm going to become violently ill  - yet again!"
And author Philip Slayton is nominated for .....
You can sum up the traditional view of legal professionalism this way. A lawyer is like a taxi driver. If a taxi driver picks up a passenger at the train station, and the passenger asks to go to the local whorehouse, the job of the taxi driver is to take him there safely. It's not his responsibility to try to convince the passenger that a trip to the art museum would be more edifying, and turn down the fare if he is unsuccessful in his exhortations. (The Canadian Lawyer, Moral neutrality is no longer enough, February 2009 Issue)
Caveman: "Jeezus, as Mike Holmes is fond of saying, I like that I like that a lot! You've got to love a man who calls a spade a spade. Beverley McLachlin is irrelevant. I vote for Mr. Slayton!"

Well readers, you heard CyberSmokeBlog's resident, expert literary judge. Congratulations Mr. Slayton.

Clare L. Pieuk

Note to Anonymous

Thank you for sending CyberSmokeBlog the two quotes. Noticed in your e-mail you weren't sure of the difference between Judicum and Judicia. As a former Grade 10 Latin scholar, CSB can assure you the former refers to Book of Judgment while the latter means Judgment. Kept falling asleep in class did we? Too bad you didn't have our Latin teaches and her two daughters ..... Jeezus!


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