“ What did the judge say when the skunk entered the court ?– odour,odour in court!”

“What did the judge say to his dentist ? – pull my tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.”

Jokes about judges tend to be rather gentler than those directed at other lawyers but that doesn’t mean that you can’t ever poke fun at them!

Remember the judge who once asked way back in the 1960s who the Beatles were? Or, more recently, the judge who didn’t realise that a comment made about a man’s “lunchbox” was actually a reference to his genitals!

Judges are much more in touch with popular culture these days and that includes the use of the vernacular, but I remember a time when old-fashioned “ivory tower” judges, found it hard to utter profanities in court even when they were second – hand.

There’s a good example of that in my novel, Wig Begone by Charles Courtley when Charlie prosecutes a case in front of Mr. Justice Bevidere-Jones.

The learned judge found it impossible, in summarising the case for the jury, to repeat the atrocious language exchanged between the police and defendant and so he deals with it like this:

“The defendant has told you that he never said. ‘Blank,blank, blank to the police. Indeed, according to him, they said. ‘You’re nothing than but a blanking  blank, you blanking- blanker!’ ”

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