Oh dear, Mr Justice Singer no less was today ordered by the Court of Appeal to step down from a case for making what Lord Justice Ward called "thoroughly bad jokes". The case, El Farargy v El Farargy and Others, concerns financial proceedings on divorce and involves a Saudi sheik, Khalid Ben Abdullah Rashid Al Fawaz, who claims to own the former matrimonial home. Singer had apparently made a number of remarks to which the Sheik took exception, including that he could choose "to depart on his flying carpet" to escape paying costs, and that his evidence was "a bit gelatinous ... a bit like Turkish Delight". Lord Justice Ward described the case as "a singularly unsatisfactory, unfortunate and embarrassing matter".


  1. Hello, isn't it the judge's function to make thoroughly bad jokes in court, in order to provoke obsequy and braying laughter by Counsel?

    Or have I been away from England for too long?

  2. You've been away from England too long. On the other hand, you may have a point...


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