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From the archive: February 9, 1952

In 1952, SJ contemplated the change in legal terms brought in by the new reign of Elizabeth II

9 February 2016

A NEW REIGN

It will be a little while before common use renders us unconscious of a faint, far echo of the nineteenth century when we hear of "Queen's Counsel" and the "Queen's Bench Division," expressions evoking legendary figures like Lord Russell, C.J., Hawkins, J., and Sir Edward Clarke, Q.C., calling up visions of battles long ago, the Baccarat Case and the Tichborne Claim.

One of the daily papers has been amusing itself fitting the familiar figures of Lord Simonds, L.C., et alios, our notable contemporaries, into a rather doubtful Elizabethan fancy dress. It would be somewhat nearer the mark to measure them against the giants (were there, by the way, really giants in those days?) of the second half of the nineteenth century, the great Victoria's England.

There was a time when, on the death of the Sovereign, the Government of the realm was suspended and the King's Peace...

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