[quote=“Sir Donald Bradman”][quote]Right… Doctors (at least where I’m from) have obviously conspired to make anatomy and physiology and medicine more complex so the rest of us would just stop going to the barbers to let blood… and I have no real love for lawyers… but I can’t tell you how many people come to see us when they get into trouble… and then, the last thing on their mind is lawyer jokes… Finally, legal principles are actually based primarily on common sense and at least in common law jurisdictions, upon accepted customs and practices. Not really complex at all.
That’s my point. Like the reason for the movement for plain legal language - law is based on some common sense principles, and many laws are in fact extremely simple, but they are just worded in such a way that most people can’t understand them and a certain ‘mystique’ is applied so that most people think that only lawyers understand law. The same could be said for many other professions, and of course for Feng Shui. There’s some good simple principles there underneath the mumbo-jumbo.[/quote]
Look, I’ve never been one to trumpet the superior intellect of lawyers… nor have I ever denigrated the intelligence of those who translate, edit or teach, because I don’t think that such a superior or inferior intellects exists necessarily in relation to professions.
However, understanding the law and legal principles is not quite as easy as you imply… I guarantee you that if the law was written in simple, plain English (or any language), there would still be plenty of people who would have difficulty understanding it. These would be the same people who frequently have difficulty with simple common sense and concepts of fairness.