11th April 2016
One thing every legal pedant knows is where the apostrophe is in the term Magistrates’ Court.
It may look ugly, especially on a public sign, but it should be after the “s” – that is, if there is an apostrophe at all.
Or so you would think.
One day I was walking through a town – not a big town but the biggest town around – and I saw a sign which said Magistrate’s Court.
Aha, I gloated – for such a mistake in such a place is a treasure for any pedant.
There is a misplaced apostrophe on an official court sign, I announced smugly.
No, came the devastating response, there is in fact only one Magistrate.
And it was true.
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