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Hello! My name is Jolee Messier and I just finished my 1L year at RWU School of Law. I am originally from Dartmouth, MA, and I graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, MA with a double major in U.S. History and Criminology. In undergrad, I spent a semester abroad at the University of...



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A Week at Snaresbrook Crown Court

Posted by Jolee Messier on 06/25/2010 at 11:00 AM

I had a very interesting and exciting experience at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London this week.  I was assigned to marshall for both His Honor Judge Timothy King and his His Honor Judge William Kennedy.  Both Judge King and Judge Kennedy are extremely nice and intelligent men.  It is quite an honor to be able to sit next to these learned judges on the bench while they preside over court proceedings.  This week, I heard applications (motions) for bail, saw Judge King preside over a sentencing hearing (and put a poor dog to death!), viewed jury selection, and watched the progression of two cases.  Although England has a common law legal system, there are many differences between the legal system here as compared to the American legal system.  For example, in England, jury selection is random and there are no preemptory challenges.  Of course, the judges and barristers like to dress up in their traditional wigs and gowns, which we do not practice in the United States. There are also no objections during the questioning of witnesses in trials.  That is just a sampling of the many distinctions I viewed in Snaresbrook this week as compared to American courts.

Finally, I wanted to share a few of my favorite new English phrases with you!  Here goes:

 "Hell's Bells!" = Darn it! (Prof. Webster says this alot!)

 "Turn the bicycle" = Go to the bathroom (Judge Kennedy says this alot!)

"Knuckledusters" = Brass knuckles

"Jollification" = Fun

I will try to add to this list as I come across new fun words!