Learned in the law is Portia Mouseatticus-Finch Esq., up early this morning to get dressed & attired in her working clothes for court: a short wig, black gown & white collar or jabot.
“May it please your Honour“ (or your Lordship or Worship depending on the court she is in) “I appear in this case with my learned friend . . . for the Prosecution“.
This little lawya lady is another miniature ornament, a hand-made wee lawyer doll, a tiny felt mouse standing at a mere 10 cm (4″).
You may recall this earlier post where I shared another miniature barrister mouse of the Mouseatticus family.
I have had this little one for years now as she was a gift from a good friend in Australia in the early 80s. She lived in the USA with me for many years.
Yes, she’s quite fragile, a little battered, brown & spotty with age & wear but always a favourite.
Ms. Portia Mouseatticus-Finch has just come out of the robing room dressed in the conventional wig & black gown of the legal profession in Australia.
She holds her tiny wooden gavel & court documents/parchment while her indispensable law books, The Law of Evidence & The Criminal Code of Sth Australia, are never far away.
She became most learned in the law having buried her head in hundreds of legal cases, statutes & tomes for many years while at Law school.
She has spent her career overcoming tradition & prejudice as a woman practicing in the criminal courts where she advocates with passion & has acquired great oratory.
No surprise that with her refined feminine charm as well as her brains & ability, her eminently legal mind, she has become a savvy jurist well respected by her learned brother & sister barristers as well as the judges before whom she appears. She is rarely briefless.
Look at those soft pink inner ears “all the better for hearing what is said, not said & what is whispered in court“ she chuckles.
Check out the long thin tail made of leather.
“Members of the jury“ she said, “as counsel for the prosecution has told you, it is not for the accused to prove his innocence but for the prosecution to prove his guilt.”
Indeed she’s reading some legal fiction on her days off including ‘The Defender’ by Frederick J. Thwaites with its opening line featuring his characteristic tempestuous prose,
“Gentleman of the Jury, if God’s compassion can still be felt in this Court, you can’t convict this woman!”
Portia M-Finch’s traditional powdered wig (periwig or peruke), with its stiff curls, is made using tiny rolls of cotton wool. Check out her stand up collar & bands (jabot).
Indeed, this lady lawyer is always immaculately dressed & coiffed for court. In fact she considers her court dress most attractive.
She has a boxed flat round base with tiny little pink feet attached.