Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means.

Background.

Bleak House

itemJarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 1).

item Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.

 

Context.

item Jarndyce and Jarndyce was a fictional court case in Bleak House concerning the fate of a large inheritance.

item In December 2013, a Judge compared a court case he was hearing – also an inheritance dispute – as being like that of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. In a hearing at the Appeal Court, Lord Justice Davis said “This is a relatively modest estate. All this has turned this family tragedy into a modern day version of Jarndyce and Jarndyce.” Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10505972/Widower-who-torched-wifes-money-now-being-sued-by-her-lover.html

 

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