It’s always been interesting to me to notice that judges, especially of the federal variety, are prone to refer to themselves as “the Court.” This came to mind in yesterday’s entry about Wood v. Katy ISD, a case in which the federal judge was clearly irritated with the work of the parent’s lawyer. But notice the way the judge expresses herself:
The Court does the best it can with the current record and again reminds the parties that it is not obligated to “sift through the record in search of evidence” to support a party’s opposition to a motion for summary judgment.
When Judge Harmon refers to “the Court” what she really means is “me.” This sentence could have read: “I do the best I can…..”
The reference to “the Court” adds a touch of dignity to the proceedings. So I’m all for it. In my own writings I routinely intermix “the court” with “the judge.” It’s really the same thing.
But I wonder what it’s like to live with a judge. Imagine the conversation at the Thanksgiving dinner:
The Court would enjoy another biscuit.
Please pass the mashed potatoes to the Court.
What do you think???? Anyone had dinner with “the Court” of late?
DAWG BONE: YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHAT KIND OF PERSON THE JUDGE IS BENEATH THE ROBE.