The Language of Lawyers

The counter argument could be made that, in their briefs, oral arguments, summations, etc., lawyers are focused on the art of persuasion, an undertaking more in line with advertising than scientific language as argued here.

Indeed some orations of counsel can share more in the objectives of conversational speech to foster a likable image, for example, or even fiction, where a poignant tale is employed to highlight an argument or awaken sensitivity. An attorney may even entertain, in hopes of summoning the attention and good will of judge or jury.

Such material clearly begs a rewrite to bridge the cultural conventions of discourse - if the objective of persuasion remains post-translation, that is.

(from Legal Translation - Is There a Legal Language? - The Language of Judges - The Judicial Analogy - The Language of Witnesses - The Language of the Law - Why Legal Translation!)

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