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(A short story of 2116 words)

Silence in Court


by Sue Dean

A day in a Magistrate's Court

Does someone say ‘Silence in Court’ before we enter? It is said in the crown court before the judge enters but possibly not in the magistrate’s court although Rob, the usher, always says ‘All rise’ in a very theatrical way as we ring the bell to signal our arrival. Rob likes to be dramatic. He used to be in an amateur dramatic group and it suits his flamboyant personality.

It was a Wednesday, which should have been a Youth Court but the lack of any willing or unwilling young offenders meant an adult trial had been listed instead...

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