The Attorney General, William Bailhache, was first to wish the court officials and the legal profession a merry Christmas.
‘All in court deserve the Christmas holiday,’ he said. ‘The court is entitled to its just desserts. A very happy Christmas to all members of the court.’
The Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache, thanked the Attorney General for his kind words before addressing the court himself. ‘It has been another full year,’ he said. ‘Many cases have proved interesting and difficult points of law and I hope that the different judges of the Royal Court and the Court of Appeal have provided answers which are satisfactory to the profession, at least to those on the winning side, and to their clients.
‘I should like to express my gratitude, once again, for all the work done by the profession under the legal aid scheme.
‘The scheme by which services are rendered either free or at a reduced cost to those in need is not unique in Europe, but it is sufficiently rare to have been singled out for honourable mention by Sir Henry Brook in the annual ?pro bono? lecture in Nottingham recently.
‘I do thank all the members of the profession for this valuable work.
‘And finally may I, on behalf of all the members and officers of the Royal Court, wish you Mr Attorney and all members of the Bar, the écrivains, the conveyancers and other members of your staff a very happy Christmas and a relaxing break until we resume in the New Year.’