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Judge Bans 'Love' In Barnsley Court - What Do You Think?

Friday October 21 2011


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It's hit the headlines this morning that judge in charge of Barnsley Magistrate's Court has banned the traditional term of endearment of 'Love.'

Judge John Foster says that men appearing before him should refer to female court staff as ma'am - it comes after a man answered a legal adviser with "Yes, love" when she asked him to confirm his name.

Judge Foster says the term is disrespectful in a court of law - but what you you think? Do we love 'love' or are we offended by it?

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Reply Posted by Bowler279 on Friday October 21 2011 at 15:13
tht judge needs to get real we all say it in barnsley

Reply Posted by john briscoe on Friday October 21 2011 at 15:27
not that bothered luv

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday October 21 2011 at 16:05
A court is definitely a place to be formal. What next, calling the judge 'mate'? Double sentence if you do!

Reply Posted by f lov on Friday October 21 2011 at 17:23
i lov it

Reply Posted by Janet Daw on Friday October 21 2011 at 21:37
It is all down to respect, not many people these days have any.The term shold be ma'am.

Reply Posted by Billy on Saturday October 22 2011 at 13:43
It's part of the Barnsley culture; it identifies us from all others. Are we to reject the dialect next? If anyone is not happy with how we speak in t'taan, they will not be compelled to stay here. I'd love to see how the first test case develops when someone digs his/her heels in. Will his powers enable him to imprison someone for contempt of court? I doubt it. I think we should go the distance on this one, that knows judge!

Reply Posted by Liam on Sunday January 13 2013 at 18:02
Some businesses require you to address your boss as sir or ma'am, and you wouldnt call a superior officer in the forces "love" so why should you in a court room? It's down right disrepectful to women in such a position of trust and professionalism, you dont call male court staff "bud" or "mate"