Just like many other sectors, the legal industry comes with its fair share of myths that have existed for a long time. Here are some of these myths:
The Law is an Arse
This has to be funniest there is. How someone sat down and decided to be so cruel towards law is simply baffling. Though it is a phrase that has its origin in the literary world, having been first put in print by Charles Dickens in his 1838 book titled “Oliver Twist”, the phrase finds a common practical application in the modern world.
In a layman’s language, the phrase is an almost lazy way of angrily yelling that the law, in its purest form, is very stupid and often fails to accomplish its goal.
Justice is for The Rich
There is this assertion that justice is not for everybody. Perhaps this is one of the closest myths to truth in the legal profession. There are numerous practical examples in which this allegation could find practicability. We all have seen the rich walk free even when they are guilty when the not so rich are put behind bars sometimes for the most trivial of allegations.
While this has been and continues to be the case time after time, there is not absolute justification that indeed, this can be plainly put in thick ink to be the truth and nothing but the truth. It therefore remains a myth because in all legal processes, it is always about proving innocence regardless of whether the parties involved are rich or poor.
Family Comes First
Some cases involve members of the same household. These could be criminal or civil lawsuits. Where the cases are of high magnitude which could involve a guilty party going away for the longest possible time, some families either prefer not to press charges or simply opt for an out of court settlement.
However, the law is the law. Justice has to be served regardless of whoever is involved. This renders the assertion that family comes first null and void, legally speaking.
It Has to End in a Courtroom
It is almost naturally assumed that all legal related matters have to end in a courtroom, before a magistrate or a judge. While this is a normal phase of any legal process, it is not always necessary.
Granted, some legal situations are so grievous that they have to be heard and determined by a qualified and experienced professional. Such include murder and robbery. However, for the less serious of cases such as those that involve indiscipline among children for instance could be handled within the precincts of a family unit.
This saves time and hard to get resources that would have otherwise been used in a formal legal process.