Lawyers & Judges

Lawyers:

As one of the licensed professions, lawyers require a great deal of training and are tightly regulated.  Years of education are followed by years of apprenticeship as a clerk to a judge and/or junior to a master advocate.  Then the would-be attorney must pass the Guild examination to gain a license to practice law.  After that, they must demonstrate mastery of law, skill at trial, and observance of professional ethics to gain ranks and titles within the Guild and rise in their profession.

Legal ethics requires the lawyer to protect his or her client’s interests to as great a degree possible without sacrificing the integrity of the law.  This requires a lawyer to maintain a balance between attorney/client confidentiality and his or her role as an officer of the court, for example.

Specialization of practice is not very pronounced.  Some lawyers do prefer either the civil or criminal side but virtually all lawyers will work criminal trials at one time or another as, in a world where almost everyone goes about armed, criminal cases are more common than civil disputes.

Uniform of the Guild of Law

Lawyers of all kinds all wear the uniform of the Guild of Law when at work.  This consists of a suit of midnight blue britches, vest, and long robe, with white shirt, neckcloth and hose, and black shoes.  In court or when otherwise acting as liaison or intercessor for their clients, they also wear a ceremonial wig, colloquially called the “woolcap” because it is made of white sheep’s wool. The wig symbolizes the white hair of Pwyll.

The ceremonial "woolcap"

 

Judges:

The Guild of Law raises qualified lawyers to judgeships and assigns them bench seats in districts when openings become available.  No bench seat is permanent.  Seats run for varying terms, and then the judges are rotated out to other seats or put “at liberty” if there is no open seat they want.  This is to maintain the impartiality of judges.  A judge at liberty, i.e. between bench seats, is free to return to his or her legal practice, but judges may not practice as lawyers while holding a seat on a bench.

Judges also rise in ranks based on performance, and the highest ranking judges will become eligible for a seat on a nation’s Supreme Law Court.

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