Thank you for your kind words. We are excited to be part of the Apopka community. We are located at 1673 Rock Springs Rd. We are behind Bubbalous and next to Pinch A Penny. You can get additional details at http://www.petxpertapopka.com. June 9, 2016 at 12:36 am The Apopka business community, City Commissioner Doug Bankson, friends, furry patients and The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce attended a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Pet Xpert Animal Clinic.Dr. Alex and his staff of Pet Xpert bring to the Apopka community a brand new state-of-the art veterinary equipment which provides services needed to care for pets when they are in need of routine care and beyond. .The thing that make Pet Xpert Animal Clinic unique from other veterinarian clinics is its state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.Pet Xpert’s clinic is the first in the State of Florida to have the DiaSys respons®VET laboratory equipment. This equipment allows Dr. Alex to perform specific onsite diagnostic testing, which utilizes technology similar to that used in major reference laboratories. Tests that are normally sent by veterinarian clinics to a reference laboratory can be run with same-day results at Pet Xpert. On-site testing capability enables timely diagnosis and treatment and, as a result, increased recovery time and reduced stress for patients and pet owners.Pet Expert also has a digital x-ray machine that provides clearer images than traditional x-ray machines and allows for more accurate diagnosis of the pet’s condition.Dr. Alex has over 10-years’ experience as a veterinarian. He focused in small animal surgery and internal medicine during his graduate studies. Dr. Alex and his wife, Leesa, call Apopka home. They have lived in Apopka for nearly 5-years. They have one son and 2 fun-loving cats that keep them on their toes. The Anatomy of Fear Leesa Avila Reply It is always encouraging to see new businesses opening in our community. Welcome! Where exactly is the new Pet Xpert Animal Clinic located? Mama Mia 3 COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 June 8, 2016 at 10:50 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Previous articleHeavy rains bring added potential for mosquitoesNext articleChristine Moore takes big lead in District 7 fundraising Sheri Austin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! June 8, 2016 at 8:32 am Dale Fenwick Reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here 1673 Rock Springs Road Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate
Please enter your comment! Mama Mia November 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm TAGSAmerican Farm Bureau FederationThanksgiving Previous articleListeria fears cause hummus recallNext articleTaking on violence? Let’s get down to business Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 I don’t believe the $ 5.00 per person Thanksgiving meal, even if you cook at home. I bought my dinner items today and there are two of us, and NO WAY is that going to cover the costs of the traditional items of the Thanksgiving meal. Now if you are cooking for ten people, maybe the almost $ 50.00 could cover the costs, but if you only allow $ 10.00 for 2 people, and have the traditional Thanksgiving meal, there is NO WAY!!! It is all in how you look at what they stated. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply November 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm 2 COMMENTS Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Thanksgiving Dinner Ticks Down to Less Than $5 Per PersonThe cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 has reduced by 24 cents to $49.87, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table.The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at a total of $22.74 this year. That’s roughly $1.42 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015.“Consumers will pay less than $5 per person for a classic Thanksgiving dinner this year,” AFBF Director of Market Intelligence Dr. John Newton said. “We have seen farm prices for many foods – including turkeys – fall from the higher levels of recent years. This translates into lower retail prices for a number of items as we prepare for Thanksgiving and confirms that U.S. consumers benefit from an abundant, high-quality and affordable food supply.”The average price is down slightly from last year to $49.87. After adjusting for inflation, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner fell to $20.66 – the lowest level since 2010.The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.Although the classic Thanksgiving meal priced by Farm Bureau is considered modest by some, “we’re fortunate to live here in America, where many people are able to enhance their holiday meals with another type of meat or additional side dishes or desserts,” Newton said.A total of 148 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 40 states for this year’s survey. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey.Use this link to see the full price list. Reply Hey, that tropical storm, Otto, that has formed, that thing isn’t headed our way, is it, this late in the hurricane season???
The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitter Linkedin Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ A TCU student prepares to streams a show on HBO GO. ReddIt ReddIt + posts Linkedin TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Ann Louden’s Legacy Makenzie Stallo Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Previous articleVolleyball downs Baylor for another sweepNext articleSpeech pathology majors get hands-on experience at Miller Clinic Makenzie Stallo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Students help elders “Cycle Without Age” Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Facebook Etiquette Dinner teaches valuable skills to Chancellor’s Scholars Facebook printStudents who love shows such as “Game of Thrones” or “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” might want to consider living on campus.As of last week, the HBO GO streaming service is free to students living in residence halls. Those with access can enjoy the service both on and off campus.“We’ve seen the viewing habits [of students] change with Netflix and online streaming services,” said Travis Cook, the deputy chief technology officer for Information Technology. “They have just exploded.”Cook said the goal behind the project was to give students something he knew they would enjoy.Noah Hutchinson, a first-year pre-major, said he loved the new HBO GO service.“I’ve been trying to find an excuse to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ and now I have it,” Hutchinson said.Cook said the decision to make the streaming service available to students was a “no-brainer.”“This was an opportunity for us to add to that viewing genre without any cost to the university and not really any effort on the university’s part,” Cook said.Cook said the service has come at no cost to the university or its students because HBO is already available to residence halls through the cable network provider. HBO GO is a complimentary service that HBO offers to its subscribers.The reaction to the streaming service from the students has been overwhelmingly positive. Many took to Twitter to share their enthusiasm.[View the story “TCU launches HBO GO subscriptions for on-campus students” on Storify]Students living in TCU off-campus housing do not have access to this service. This includes GrandMarc apartments, because the cable network is not the same as TCU’s.Junior pre med-sociology major Ried Mackay said he understands the situation with the different networks but is hopeful that GrandMarc will jump on the bandwagon. Mackay said that it would “add to the perks of living in GrandMarc.” Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Final Frogs for the Cure celebration honors 12 years with Ann Louden Makenzie Stallo is a senior journalism major and French minor from Denton, Texas. She currently serves as a line editor.
News PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Organisation April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts November 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists arrested, one radio station closed News Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is concerned at a wave of arrests of journalists and closure of one of Pakistan’s few privately-run radio stations. January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The worldwide press freedom organisation has written to the prime minister Shaukat Aziz urging the release of the journalists who are still behind held and for FM Radio 103 to be reopened.Police arrested Farhat Abbas Shah and Afaq Shah, journalists on FM Radio 103 on 10 November at their radio’s studios in Lahore, Punjab province in the east of the country. They were released on bail the next day.Two days later, around 20 police raided the station and seized equipment, making it impossible for it to continue broadcasting. They also arrested two staff members, reportedly Abdul Ghafoor and Nauman. The radio chiefly broadcasts programmes from the BBC World Service Urdu-language service.According to the Pakistan Press Club, the two radio journalists were arrested for broadcasting a report on a scandal at the Punjab cardiology institute. They were reportedly maltreated in the first hours of their detention.Police accused them both of taking part in a demonstration in front of a public building but the station director said that Farhat Abbas Shah had not been involved in the demonstration. On 6 November, Qazi Muhammad Rauf (picture), correspondent for the Urdu-language daily Express in the north-eastern Khyber Agency tribal zone, was seized by armed men and held for 24 hours by members of Sheikhmalkel tribe angry at what they saw as a biased article.Rauf had reported on clashes between the tribe and a fundamentalist religious organisation Amr Bill Maroof Wa Nahee Anil Munkar in the tribal area. Around a dozen armed men abducted Rauf took him to a private detention centre where they beat and then chained him.The authorities intervened following a tip off from his colleagues in the Tribal Union of Journalists and persuaded the tribal leaders to release him, on 7 November.Police in Skardo in the north-east arrested editor of a banned magazine Kargil International, Ghulam Shehzad Agha, on 4 November. The authorities reportedly accuse the journalist and political activist of backing autonomy for the Pakistani part of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani interior ministry banned the magazine that he ran on 8 September 2004, charging that it carried seditious and unpatriotic news.Elsewhere, Sarwar Mujahid, correspondent for the conservative Urdu-language daily Nawa-I-Waqt in Okara district in the east of the country was freed on 12 October 2004. He was arrested and detained on 31 July 2004 at Sahiwal prison in Punjab province.Mujahid was held under the Maintenance of Public Order law. His detention appeared to be linked to his articles about a conflict between Pakistani paramilitaries and tenant farmers who have for years farmed land belonging to the army. News
News to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more Just a few days in April and May of 2015 sufficed to eliminate media pluralism almost entirely in Burundi, a country renowned for the professionalism of its news media and cited as an example in Africa. Five independent radio stations and one independent TV channel were destroyed and around 100 journalists were threatened and forced to flee the country. Still immersed in daily violence and with now ubiquitous hate messages, the Burundian people have an increasingly urgent need for pluralistic and credible news coverage. Aware of this need, all of the Burundian privately-owned news media, both those based in Burundi and those outside the country, the National Council for Communication (CNC, Burundi’s media regulator) and around 20 international organizations that support the media took part in the 23-24 March round table in Brussels. The aim was to reestablish a dialogue between those working inside Burundi and those based abroad, and to identify the recommendations that should be made to both the Burundian authorities and the international community so that freedom of information is restored in Burundi. After a lively and honest discussion, agreement was reached on the following observations and undertakings: a. General comments All participants recognized and stressed the need to: 1. Ensure that a generation of trained and skilled journalists are able to continue to work and provide the Burundian public with access to pluralistic and professional news coverage. 2. Reject, with the utmost firmness, the hate messages that are becoming increasingly widespread and remind state and privately-owned media journalists of their ethical and legal responsibilities as regards the content they disseminate. 3. Recognize the harmful consequences of the current absence of the right of Burundians to have access to pluralistic and credible news coverage. b. Undertakings 1. The CNC reaffirmed its commitment to perform its constitutional mission of regulating the state and privately-owned media, to guarantee media pluralism and to encourage the reopening of all media outlets. 2. The journalists reaffirmed their commitment to respect the rules of journalism in their work, without any partisanship, and to guarantee the public’s right to news and information. They plan to draft a manifesto stressing their determination to practice journalism that conforms to the rules of professional ethics. Everyone will be free to sign the manifesto. c. Recommendations to the international community International partners are urged: In their contacts with the Burundian authorities: 1. To ask the Burundian authorities to guarantee the population’s constitutional right to have access to news and information. 2. To advocate the restoration of media pluralism and, in particular, the reopening of the privately-owned radio stations. 3. To ask the public prosecutor’s office to end all arbitrary proceedings against journalists and media companies. 4. To request that the safety of journalists in their work is guaranteed. 5. To insist on the importance of getting Radio Télévision Nationale du Burundi (RTNB) to properly perform its role as a public service broadcaster. In their actions in the short term 1. To undertake to provide rapid support for current and future media initiatives (both inside and outside Burundi) that allow Burundians to have access to news and information, pending normalization of the situation. 2. To make standard assistance procedures more flexible, adapting them to a very exceptional crisis situation, and to take account of the difficult situation of journalists who have fled abroad and those still in Burundi, and the difficult situation of their media outlets. 3. To support the media content monitoring conducted inside and outside Burundi and the professionalization of the human resources of the Monitoring Centre of the Central African Media Organization (OMAC). 4. To support and reinforce the National Council for Communication (CNC), so that it can effectively perform its constitutional mission of regulating the state and privately-owned media and guaranteeing media freedom. In their mid-term actions 1. To support the creation of a framework for meetings and dialogue among media sector actors (including the CNC) and for interaction with the authorities. 2. To help rebuild the broadcast media technically and financially when they are allowed to resume operating. 3. To support activities aimed at making the media more aware of their democratic role as regards the various components of Burundian society (political actors, security forces and so on). 4. To work for the rapid and notable reenergizing of the Burundian Union of Journalists (UBJ), Burundian Press Observatory (OPB) and Burundian Association of Radio Broadcasters (ABR), all currently in a difficult situation. Signatories of this Statement Professional organizations representing the Burundian media Burundian Press Observatory (OPB), Burundian Union of Journalists (UBJ) and Burundian Association of Radio Broadcasters (ABR) Burundian media Radio Isanganiro, Radio Bonesha FM, Radio Télévision Renaissance, Radio Rema FM, Iwacu media group, Radio Publique Africaine and SOS Médias Burundi The Burundian media regulator National Council for Communication National and international organizations that support the media Panos Great Lakes Institute, University of Burundi (Master’s in Journalism), ReSIC, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), La Benevolencija, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Deutsche Welle Akademie (DKA), International Media Support (IMS), Radio Sans Frontière, RNW Media, Fondation Hirondelle, Vita, 11.11.11, EURAC, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Rory Peck Trust, Protect Defenders, Periactes, Kintambo and X2 Contact Pierre Martinot – [email protected] March 30, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 Round Table in Brussels AfricaBurundi Online freedomsMedia independence Exiled mediaViolenceFreedom of expressionInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) took part in a round table in Brussels on 23-24 March that was organized by the Panos Great Lakes Institute. Attended by representatives of all of Burundi’s privately-owned media, it served to reinforce their determination to continue producing news coverage and to resist the almost total media blackout imposed by the Burundian authorities. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Burundi Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Reports News News October 21, 2020 Find out more Photo Jacky Delorme AfricaBurundi Online freedomsMedia independence Exiled mediaViolenceFreedom of expressionInternet Receive email alerts Organisation Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention June 5, 2020 Find out more
Facebook NewsMegan’s campaign to criminalise revenge porn is life and death issueBy Bernie English – November 27, 2020 776 Advertisement Email WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Megan SimsA LIMERICK woman who started a campaign to make ‘revenge porn’ a criminal offence has warned that lives will be lost unless action is taken against on-line offenders.Megan Sims’ warning came as she asked politicians to amend and strengthen a bill making its way through the Dáil which would make sharing images without consent a criminal offence.She said she wanted those involved in the leaking of thousands of images which emerged this week to be prosecuted and she pointed out that currently, Irish women have no legislation to protect them.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ms Sims launched an on-line petition earlier this year to make ‘revenge porn’ a criminal offence.The 24-year-old was the victim of intimate pictures being posted to the internet when she was just 19 years old. Her campaign received a massive response.In August, she slammed a HSE suggestion that people could avoid Covid-19 by having internet sex, warning that it could increase the risk of vulnerable people, especially women, having intimate pictures posted on the internet.It emerged this week that anonymous forums were sharing and trading intimate pictures.Some of the images were of underage girls and others of women who appear to have been photographed without their knowledge.“Someone will end up dead. Someone is going to die if they don’t take action. The internet is not a safe place to be a woman right now,” Ms Sims warned.“This should be a crime. It shouldn’t be left to us to try to get these pictures taken down. I have never seen an outpouring like this before over image-based abuse. The Government must take action, now.” Print Previous articleVicky considers experimental drug trial as cancer spreadsNext articleCouncil to increase day-to-day spending on services in 2021 despite impact of Covid-19 crisis Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fannie Offers Sixth Sale of Reperforming Loans in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News, Secondary Market March 13, 2018 5,582 Views On Tuesday, Fannie Mae announced its sixth sale of reperforming loans. Reperforming loans are mortgages that had become delinquent, but which have recovered thanks to borrowers either catching up on their payments or working to secure loan modifications.This sixth sale of reperforming loans is comprised of approximately 9,400 loans, encompassing a total unpaid principal balance of around $1.97 billion. The sale is available only to qualified bidders, and bids are due by April 4, 2018. The sale is being marketed by Fannie in collaboration with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.Interested bidders should take note that there are some stipulations that accompany the sale, however. According to Fannie, buyers of the reperforming loans must “offer loss mitigation options designed to be sustainable to any borrower who may re-default within five years following the closing of the reperforming loan sale.” Buyers are also required to report any loss mitigation outcomes. Those requirements phase out “once a loan has been current for twelve consecutive months after the closing of the reperforming loan sale.”Fannie previously offered its fifth sale of reperforming loans in October 2017. That offering included around 9,900 loans with a total unpaid principal balance of approximately $2.2 billion. The fourth such sale was announced in August, with 10,700 loans and an unpaid principal balance of $2.43 billion.The sales of non-performing loans were enacted as a part of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s 2015 Conservatorship Scorecard. Back in March of 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced guidelines for these sales to encourage broad buyer participation and provide safeguards for borrowers.You can find more information about Fannie’s latest offering of reperforming loans, including details about the specific pools available, by clicking here. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Reverse Mortgage Securities Market Booming—for Now Next: Mortgage & LGBT Leaders Work Toward Diversity and Inclusion Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Offers Sixth Sale of Reperforming Loans Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie Mae Loan Modifications Mortgage Delinquencies Nonperforming loans Reperforming Loans The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Fannie Mae Loan Modifications Mortgage Delinquencies Nonperforming loans Reperforming Loans 2018-03-13 David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe
ColumnsThe Bench, The Bar, And The Balance Hariraj Madhav Rajendran14 March 2021 7:17 AMShare This – xThe irritated judge warned the counsel, “If you argue for another minute, I will impose a cost of Rs. 1000/-“. The lawyer stopped, turned around to whisper to his client, and then said: “Your Lordship may impose a cost of Rs. 20,000/-“, and continued to argue. I am not sure, who the judge was. I am not sure who the lawyer was. This corridor legend has its versions in almost all…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe irritated judge warned the counsel, “If you argue for another minute, I will impose a cost of Rs. 1000/-“. The lawyer stopped, turned around to whisper to his client, and then said: “Your Lordship may impose a cost of Rs. 20,000/-“, and continued to argue. I am not sure, who the judge was. I am not sure who the lawyer was. This corridor legend has its versions in almost all High Courts of the Country. The names, the quantum of costs, and the size of pocket of the client does change from place to place, from time to time. This indicates that impatient judges and brusque lawyers are not of recent origin. The reports from the lowest court to the apex temple of justice in the country indicate that such legends will linger on. A patient hearing is the sine qua non of fair hearing. It is not as much the ultimate decision, but the disposition of the Judge during the hearing that makes and breaks his repute. Honor of the Judge is most important since that is the edifice of prestige of the judiciary. More often than not, it is an impatient hearing that leads to complaints from the bar, than an adverse judgment. It was Lord Chief Justice Hewart who gave us the most quoted aphorism, “Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done”. It is no accident that it forms the first sentence of “Restatement of Values in Judicial Life”, adopted by the Full Court of the Supreme Court on 7th May, 1997. Patience on the bench does not find an explicit mention in the Restatement of Values. However, Canon 3 of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges specifically mandate the judge to be patient, dignified, respectful, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and others. It further bids the Judge to “accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, and that person’s lawyer, the full right to be heard according to law”. Cutting off an argument by a lawyer on the ground of paucity of time is not a good way to demonstrate patience. To threaten a lawyer with action for contempt or imposing costs for the counsel being long with his argument is worse. Cancelling bail of the accused, rejecting request to condone absence, on the intriguing ground of the lawyer ‘misbehaving in court’ is total ignorance of role of the judge. True, the courts are hard pressed for time. It can ill afford to compromise efficiency of the system to satisfy the forensic aspirations of individual lawyers. The Code of Conduct of US Judges specifically addresses this issue. “The duty to hear all proceedings fairly and with patience is not inconsistent with the duty to dispose promptly of the business of the court. Courts can be efficient and businesslike while being patient and deliberate”. An effective court room argument must be a discussion. Interaction between Judge and Lawyer is necessary. But then the Judge need not convince the Lawyer about the view of the Bench. The requirement is other way around. What is required in such circumstances is that the Lawyer must be able to complete his argument without hindrance. Interludes from the Bench ought not to be argumentative, but those which enable clarification or exposition of the argument raised from the Bar. I remember a judge of the High Court of Kerala, who when confronted with a lawyer who is on an unacceptable path of argument, would sit back, pivot his chin on his palm, and close his eyes. The Lawyer can continue for any length of time. But given the posture of the Judge, the lawyer would cut short the argument himself in desperation. The technique of permitting the lawyer to have his say without the interruptions from the Bench is a good means to regulate a lengthy argument. But I submit with reverence that minus the “inverted pot” posture, it would have satisfied Lord Chief Justice Hewart. However, the modus is comparatively better than threatening the Lawyer with contempt or costs for arguing further. A minority of judicial officers feel that there should be some amount of subservience from the side of the Bar. Justice Oswald said; “It is obviously, however, in the interest of Justice that an Advocate should be secured in the enjoyment of considerable independence in performing his duties. An over subservient Bar would be one of the great misfortunes that could happen to the administration of Justice in England”. Learned author Sri. V.G. Ramachandran quotes these words to say that it applies to India as well. Recently, in one of the video conference hearings, a counsel was asked by the judge “Would you want me to decide the matter today without the counter from the other side”. Counsel who was insisting for an early hearing said, “No, but time may be granted as last chance”. Adjourning the case, the learned judge was seen commenting with a chuckle, “Had he said yes, he would have walked in to a trap”, to someone in his room, probably his stenographer! Lord Chief Justice Hewart would have turned in his grave. It is necessary to strike a balance, or at least press mute. A court room is a place to decide Lis. It should not be an arena to decide who is better, the judge or the counsel. The psychological analysis made by Justice R. V. Raveendran is as enlightening as it is straight forward. “Everyday, everyone, inside and outside the court, address Judges as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Honour’. Everyone bows, greets and salutes them and shows them respect and deference. Day after day, they decide the fate of litigants, by granting and rejecting submissions, arguments, complaints, requests and prayers. They can send people to jail. They can declare people to be paupers. They can decide who is right and who is wrong. They have captive audiences in their court, who give appreciative nods and approving smiles at every witticism and remark. It is but natural that after some time, some Judges start thinking that they are personification of wisdom, knowledge, and intelligence; and more importantly, their word is law and their wish a command. Humility gradually fades from their mind and demeanor”. The other side of the coin is the disrespectful lawyer. Sri. V.G. Ramachandran recounts a story of Mr. Blank, a ‘Scotch Advocate’, who was confronted with a Judge who said “It seems to me Mr. Blank, that you are endeavoring in every way to show your contempt for the Court”. The quick reply was “No Your Lordship, I am endeavoring in every way to conceal it”. The occasions where Lawyers like Mr. Blank miserably fail in their endeavor seems to be on the rise. The learned author observes; “Heated passage at arm between Bench and Bar may sometimes enliven or mar the dignified atmosphere of Courts of Law. Sometimes it is the result of caustic remarks of a Judge; sometimes it is due to bad manners of an over-enthusiastic Lawyer; circumstances may render a Lawyer loose his equipoise and he may use indiscreet and disrespectful language as to offend the seat of Justice. Sometimes it may be at the needless provocation of a bullying and peevish Judge. But a counsel must be wary; His calling requires him never to err on the wrong side of proprieties. He must resist all temptations to cross the line of respectful attitude towards a Judge, however underserving the latter may be”. To maintain dignity of language without compromising the force of submission is a fine art. It involves constant learning. The necessity to maintain respect in tone, tenor and content of the submission before a court is not because the Advocate is Subordinate to the Judge, but because it is necessary for effective functioning of the system to which the Advocate too is a part. In one of the extreme cases in recent past, a lawyer of Allahabad, aggrieved apparently by some orders of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in cases filed him, barged in to the chamber of the CJM with some Junior members of the Bar, hurled abuses on the Magistrate, and threatened to beat him, asking why he issued such orders. The matter finally reached the Supreme Court, and affirming the penalty imposed by the High Court in exercise of powers under the Contempt of Courts Act, it was held: “In our opinion, an advocate is duty-bound to act as per the higher status conferred upon him as an officer of the court. He plays a vital role in preservation of society and justice delivery system. Advocate has no business to threaten a Judge or hurl abuses for judicial order which he has passed. In case of complaint of the Judge, it was open to the advocate to approach higher authorities concerned but there is no licence to any member of the Bar to indulge in such undignified conduct to lower down the dignity of the Court. Such attempts deserve to be nipped at the earliest as there is no room to such attack by a member of noble profession. The role of a lawyer is indispensable in the justice delivery system. He has to follow the professional ethics and also to maintain high standards. He has to assist the court and also defend the interest of his client. He has to give due regard to his opponent and also to his counsel. What may be proper to others in the society, may be improper for him to do as he belongs to an intellectual class of the society and as a member of the noble profession, the expectations from him are accordingly higher. Advocates are held in high esteem in the society. The dignity of court is in fact dignity of the system of which an advocate being officer of the court. The act of the advocate in the present case is not only improper but requires gross condemnation.”. A school of thought which brands the advocates who do maintain the aloofness from quarrel with presiding officers as meek and over-submissive does have substantial fanfare at the Bar. The said thought does not appear to be of recent origin either. Sri. V.G. Ramachandran refers to the words of Eardley Norton, the legendary Barrister who adorned the High Courts of Judicatures at Madras and Calcutta, whose career was replete with proceedings of contempt against him. He reportedly said “I have often been asked as to limits to which counsel are entitled to go in a repartee to the Bench; I am not competent, being only at the Bar to define where judicial courtesy ends and its converse begins. But if a judge elects to take off his gloves for the purpose of foul blow, I apprehend counsel is not bound, even if he goes to church twice on Sundays, to turn the other cheek”. But then the retorts of the great Barrister were always as noble as they were fearless. Sri. V.G. Ramachandran therefore adds a caveat “Junior members of the Bar should develop the legal capacity of a ‘Norton’ before they venture to emulate his external attitudes! Otherwise they will make a very poor show indeed and get hauled up repeatedly for contempt of Court to their cost. The Young Aspirant should therefore observe the golden mean. A dignified bearing, a dignified protest couched in Court Language is all that is called for whenever he crosses sword with the Bench”. Words of David Pannick, should be kept in mind by all in the legal profession when balance as an advocate is threatened. “But however irrelevant to the issues the comments expressed by the judge, however extreme the provocation coming from the direction of the Bench, however incompetent or prejudicial to a fair trial the performance of the judge, there are limits to what an advocate – whatever his seniority – can say and do, even on instructions”. What those limits are, and how to couch your responses within the four bounds of this imaginary wall, can only be gained by experience. It would do better to bow and walk calmly to the appellate court than trying to correct a judge after the judgment has been pronounced. However, even if a lawyer does make the mistake of being discourteous, the court cannot decide to deviate from the law. The reasons for judicial orders cannot be the conduct of the advocates. It must be based on firmer grounds. A party cannot certainly be punished for engaging a lawyer of his choice. That is a sacrosanct right which cannot be tinkered lightly. The courts are certainly not helpless to deal with a situation where the Lawyer crosses the invisible but inviolable line. The remedy however is not an order adverse to the party. The shift to video conferencing has given rise to new hassles in the Judicial work. The noble profession is called noble not due to its affluence anymore. A strong network is still a luxury for many. The bold efforts to get some ‘range’ by trying to be in video conferencing from the road, the car, etc. has not been viewed kindly by some courts. Most of the time the difficulties persuading lawyers to resort to ‘on road’ hearing is not properly appreciated by the Courts too. Being not physically present has made the advocates also lax in their approach to the hearing. Some were unmindful of their dress that they appeared half nude. Some others were found eating lunch, or smoking. Some such conducts were visited with penalties in form of costs. Some such faux pas caused a giggle and may be a viral video on the social media. The adhocism of the virtual hearing is one reason for such flipflops. It is an overwhelming necessity to crystalize the process by laying down statutory rules governing how such video conferencing hearings would take place. Decorum of court is too important a matter to be left merely to individual idiosyncrasies. The rules must be alive to the compulsions of the profession as also the majesty of the judicial system. The Bar, as also Bench, must not forget that they are part of a single system called the Court. The fine balance between majesty and decorum of the Court and independence and boldness of the Bar has to be struck. The fact that these institutions are mutually supporting and the damage to one would irretrievably affect the other must not be lost sight of. Respect ought to be mutual. 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By News Highland – October 22, 2020 Previous article56 new Covid cases in Donegal as national incidence rate peaksNext articleThe Score – 22/10/20 News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp WhatsApp Five of the seven Local Electoral Areas in Donegal have seen slight reductions in the number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the 14 days to last Monday evening.Despite a fall of 26 from the previous week, the Lifford Stranorlar total of 132 still represents Donegal’s highest incidence rate of 509.9 per 100,000 people.South Inishowen had a total of 113 cases, up four, giving a rate of 505.2.North Inishowen recorded 57 cases, down 18, an incidence rate of 336, while Donegal’s rise of seven cases brought the total there to 85, a rate of 320.9.Letterkenny’s total of 82 was down four, giving a rate of 275.3, while Glenties was down two at 37, a rate of 154.7.With a fall of four, Milford recorded 16 cases, a rate of 116.2 per 100,000 people.****************************Comparative figures for the past five weeks -The latest figures on the number of cases per electoral area in Donegal have been released and covers the 14 days up to October 19 (last Monday)↘️North inishowen: 57 cases ( 336 cases per 100k)↗️South Inishowen:113 cases ( 505.2 cases per 100k)↘️Milford: 16 cases (116.2 cases per 100k)↘️Letterkenny 82 cases ( 275.3 cases per 100k)↘️Lifford/Stranorlar 132 cases(509.9 cases per 100k)↘️Glenties 37 cases (154.7 cases per 100k)↗️Donegal 85 cases ( 320.9 cases per 100k)Previous 14 day figures up to October 12North inishowen: 75 cases (442.1 per 100k)South Inishowen: 109 ( 487.3 cases per 100k)Milford: 20 cases ( 145.2 cases per 100k)Letterkenny 86 ( 288.7 cases per 100k)Lifford/Stranorlar 158 ( 610.3 per 100k)Glenties 39 (163 cases per 100k)Donegal 78 (294 cases per 100k)Previous 14 day figures up to October 5North inishowen: 59 cases (347.8 per 100k)South Inishowen: 54 cases ( 241.4 per 100k)Milford: 16 cases ( 116.4 per 100k)Letterkenny: 99 cases ( 332.2 cases per 100k)Lifford/Stranorlar: 159 cases ( 602.6 per 100k)Glenties: 29 cases (121.2 cases per 100k)Donegal: 51 cases (192.5 cases per 100k)Previous 14 day figures up to September 28North inishowen: 19 cases (112 per 100k)South Inishowen: 26 ( 116.2 cases per 100k)Milford: 10 cases ( 72.6 cases per 100k)Letterkenny 59 ( 198 cases per 100k)Lifford/Stranorlar 156 ( 606.2 per 100k)Glenties 34 (142.1 cases per 100k)Donegal 17 (64.2 cases per 100k)Precious 14 day figures, up to September 21, below North inishowen: less than 5 casesSouth Inishowen: 13 (58.1 cases per 100k)Milford: 5 cases (36.3 cases per 100k)Letterkenny 24 (80.6 cases per 100k)Lifford/Stranorlar 87 (336.1 cases per 100k)Glenties less than 22 (92 cases per 100k)Donegal 8 (30.2 cases per 100k) Five of Donegal’s seven LEAs record falls in Covid cases Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews