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    Visual culture and the judiciary: the Judges’ service and breakfast

    Moran, Leslie J. (2009) Visual culture and the judiciary: the Judges’ service and breakfast. Working Paper. Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK.

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    This working paper is made up of a selection of my photographic images of the annual ‘Judges Service’ at Westminster Abbey, on the 1st of October 2009. The service is ‘a private event’ marking the start of the UK legal year (see The images I was able to make are limited to the arrival of judges at Westminster Abbey and their departure to the Palace of Westminster. Media photographers were allowed into the Abbey and images from inside were included in news media reports. See for example The Parliament website explains, ‘The ceremony…has roots in the religious practice of judges praying for guidance at the beginning of the year. The custom dates back to the Middle Ages…’ After the service the judges leave the Abbey via a rear entrance and walked to the Palace of Westminster where the Lord Chancellor entertains them with a ‘breakfast’ . (See This year the service coincided with the opening of the new UK Supreme Court (see The Justices of the Supreme Court walked from the new court building on Parliament Square to Westminster Abbey to participate in the service.


    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07


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