Trial Transcript:

Check this out; I laughed out loud. I do not, however, vouch for the transcript's authenticity. Thanks to commenter alias.

Crunchy Frog:
Sounds like a Monty Python episode...
3.10.2008 5:35pm
Just Saying:
Something tells me that British judges don't tell witnesses to "shut up" in open court, particularly given how early in the transcript it occurs...
3.10.2008 6:05pm
Marvelous. The Python would have been proud of this.
3.10.2008 6:15pm
Richard A. Schafer (mail):
This is a piece of fiction, written by the late Miles Kingston, who was a humor columnist for the Independent.
3.10.2008 6:21pm
Anderson (mail):
If you're amused by that kind of thing, then this is the book for you.

Absurdities of English law are illustrated in 66 satirical essays that are thought-provoking and amusing. Some of the cases presented, no matter how ridiculous, are still studied today. There is the famous case of Albert Haddock, who wrote out a check to the Collector of Taxes on a cow. Then there is the case of Mr. and Mrs. Pratt, who, although happily married, got divorced in order to pay less income tax. This book will teach more about legal proceedings than most lawyers know, provided the reader can stop laughing long enough to learn.
3.10.2008 6:43pm

Counsel: Now, Mr Chrysler -- for let us assume that that is your name -- you are accused of purloining in excess of 40,000 hotel coat hangers.

Chrysler: I am.

Counsel: Can you explain how this came about?

Chrysler: Yes. I had 40,000 coats which I needed to hang up.

Beautiful! Hahaha.
3.10.2008 6:44pm
GD (mail):
Perhaps you could now inform the court of your precise whereabouts on the day after Monday October 14, 2002?
3.10.2008 6:50pm
Raghav (mail) (www):
Yes, I second Anderson's recommendation. A. P. Herbert is the acknowledged master of courtroom humor.
3.10.2008 7:19pm