Monday, May 22, 2006

Judge Hermione Granger?

Ok, ready for my fantastically brilliant legal observation on the Bulgarian judicial system: In Bulgaria, like many civil law countries, judge is a separate legal track from attorney or solicitor. It is not like the States where after a long history/experience as an attorney one may ascend to the bench. Many of the judges are young, really young, like mid twenties young. This is not a recent revelation. When I was here last summer I met several judges of various ages and this system was explained to us. This trip, however, I watched my first Bulgarian court hearing. The hearing was presided over by Hermione Granger, I swear. The judge was not any older that me. She had long untamed hair - think Hermione in the first HP movie and large glasses that made her look super young and bookish. The Bulgarian judicial robes just added to it though. They are a soft black material with a wide (peter pan?) collar that is rimmed in black satin. It looks like a wizard's robe. What if any magical powers she has were not apparent during the hearing though as she was unable to wave a wand and get rid of the service/notice problems that stopped the hearing before it really got started. Being a good monkey ;) I did actually pay attention to the substance of this hearing and the next one we watched but I definitely did it with Hogwarts on the brain.

-A. Monkey

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