Monday, April 24, 2006


A court room drama is unparalleled by any other kind of drama. And it is at its best when it comes to the court room drama from Hindi movies - 1970's movies in particular.

The court room is full of people - mostly those who have not anything to do with the case. Or the reporters who have everything to do with the case (in some cases, more than the prosecutor or the defence lawyers!) for more drama is happening outside the court room - in media, that is.

So, it goes something like this -

"Milord, I request you to let me present my first witness" - the solicitor from the left side raises her request.


Suddenly there is some commotion among the audience - some irrelevant joke attracts a round of laughter, and in turn anger of the Lord. Bang Bang, and the order is again restored.

The bailiff calls out for the witness - so and so haajir ho - and the witness is brought to the court. After the formalities of oath etc. etc. and one more round of Bang Bang, order is re-restored and finally the QnA starts.

A couple of irrelevant questions later, a kind of argument breaks between the defence lawyer and the prosecutor's lawyer.

"Obbbbbjection, your honour!" the defence lawyer tries his best to save the witness from answering a crucial question.

His honour alternates between "objection granted - please ask relevant questions" and "over-ruled" and the two sides' lawyers take their turns to thank the Lord. The case proceeds. Obviously, without much outcome, the court room is adjourned for the day and the matters needs to be taken up someday later.



The reason for dwelling so much upon this kind of drama is not to disrespect the court room by choosing only the funnier incidents, but to attract the reader's attention to a news.

The BAR council of India has decided to get rid of the words, "My Lord," and "Your Lordship" from usage. Read about it here.

Interesting, isn't it? How the usage of words changes over time, and due to a variety of reasons too!

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