Call for sensitivity, not silence, in courts

    Judges have been encouraged to use politically correct terms to
    describe people in courts in the latest guidelines from the
    Judicial Studies Board.

    “Owing to increasing sensitivity in our diverse society we cannot
    underestimate the importance of using the correct terms,” the
    guidance states.

    It reminds judges that disabled people or people from ethnic
    minorities should always be described as people rather than just
    “disabled” or “black”. Judges are also told that describing all
    people from ethnic minorities as “immigrants” is inaccurate, likely
    to cause offence, and should be avoided. It also spells out the
    difference between an asylum seeker and refugee.

    Lord chief justice Lord Woolf welcomed the guidelines and urged his
    colleagues to refresh themselves with the guidance before going
    into court.

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