Recently, the Bombay High Court turned down a request from a senior lawyer to list a matter high on the board. The presiding judge reportedly remarked, “We were criticized for sitting on Saturday. I have received more than 500 messages criticizing us for sitting on Saturday. So we have stopped putting anything high on board, or low on board”. This is Raju Z. Moray’s poetic way of looking at this episode.



Bigwig client and bigwig lawyer

Did not have patience to wait

So their legal team got to work

And managed an early date


It was not just any date

But a non-working Saturday

This set tongues wagging

“Bigwigs have their way!”


Those having Milords number

Did not wait or hesitate

Milord was flooded with queries

From disgruntled to irate


His inbox overflowing

With requests for “out of turn”

Milord became uncomfortable

With headache and heartburn


The media too got in the act

Showing Milords in bad light

And that’s when they realised

That “out of turn” was not right


So next time the bigwig lawyers

Sought an indulgence anew

Milord said you choose your day

But go and stand in the queue!


(Raju Z Moray is an advocate who practices law in the Bombay High Court when not puncturing bloated egos. He is the creator of ‘Gobble D. Gook’, his alter-ego, who figured in the ‘Court Jester’ columns of ‘The Lawyers’.)

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