She sat in the windowless courtroom, just one ‘box’ inside a bigger box, containing box after box of windowless courtrooms. There was nothing really to distinguish one from the other. Sometimes the man/woman occupying the top chair wore a red sash. Sometimes the an/woman occupying the top chair wore a green sash. But regardless of what colour sash they wore, regardless if they were male or female, when they occupied the top chair, they were the boss. The one that she must bow to, on entering the court, and on exiting the court. The one that she must address deferentially, “yes, Your Honour” or “yes, Your Worship”.
Such formalism made the boxes work. Everyone had a role to play in the justice system. While she sat patiently waiting for her client’s case to be called, Continue reading