Judges, Judging and Humour

  • Jessica Milner Davis
  • Sharyn Roach Anleu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Sharyn Roach Anleu, Jessica Milner Davis
    Pages 1-38
  3. Humour About Judges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
  4. Judges’ Use of Humour in the Courtroom

  5. Judicial Decisions About Humour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 313-335

About this book


This book examines social aspects of humour relating to the judiciary, judicial behaviour, and judicial work across different cultures and eras, identifying how traditionally recorded wit and humorous portrayals of judges reflect social attitudes to the judiciary over time. It contributes to cultural studies and social science/socio-legal studies of both humour and the role of emotions in the judiciary and in judging. It explores the surprisingly varied intersections between humour and the judiciary in several legal systems: judges as the target of humour; legal decisions regulating humour; the use of humour to manage aspects of judicial work and courtroom procedure; and judicial/legal figures and customs featuring in comic and satiric entertainment through the ages.

Delving into the multi-layered connections between the seriousness of the work of the judiciary on the one hand, and the lightness of humour on the other hand, this fascinating collection will be of particular interest to scholars of the legal system, the criminal justice system, humour studies, and cultural studies.


Socio-legal studies Law Courtroom Emotions Criminal justice system Comedy Judicial humour humour studies cultural history of humour judges legal history traditional wit social attitudes satiric entertainment judicial studies humour in the workplace

Editors and affiliations

  • Jessica Milner Davis
    • 1
  • Sharyn Roach Anleu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Literature, Arts and MediaUniversity of SydneySydney, NSWAustralia
  2. 2.College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Flinders UniversityAdelaide, SAAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76737-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76738-3
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