Should judges learn the meanings of emojis?


The judiciary needs to learn how to interpret the use of emojis, according to Felicity Gerry, QC. She believes there was a strong need for a unified judicial approach on the meaning of the digital images and that the Supreme Court should lead the way, as reported in the Times, last week.

“Emojis are increasingly appearing in criminal, family and employment law hearings,” agrees Joanna Alexiou, Senior Associate Solicitor at Johns & Saggar. “If judges have clarity on their meaning it could help identify context in communications that would have otherwise been missed.”

Ms Gerry said that without a ‘legal emoji primer’ there is a risk “emoji communications will be wrongly interpreted by lawyers leading to misdirections by judges.” [Sad face]

Joanna Alexiou concludes, “It could be a while before a whole judgement can be delivered in emojis but at the very least every lawyer should be familiar with their meanings.” [Happy face] [Learned person] [Thumbs up]

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