Week beginning: 8th December, 2013

By The Hon Mr Justice Jeremy Cooke | London

"Be patient then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rain. You too be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. Do not grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door."

James 5:7-9 (NIV)

It's 10:29 am and the Judge's clerk has just put the Judge's papers on the desk. You are due to open your defence case in just a moment. The Judge is standing at the door.

James' words may conjure up different images for advocates than for others, bu

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