The “Postal Operative” Always Rings Twice

Don’t say ‘immigrant’ or ‘postman,’ judges warned in new court language guidance

Political correctness has reached the courtroom, with UK judges now being advised to drop words like ‘immigrant’ and ‘Afro-Caribbean’ to ensure fair trials. The new guidance also suggests being “slow” in imprisoning women.

An extract from guidance on appropriate court language argues that in order for there to be “true equality,” judges must adapt the way they address defendants. Judges are now being urged to refrain from using certain words, including ‘ethnic minorities,’ ‘afro-Caribbean’ and ‘transsexual,’ while ‘postman’ should be replaced by ‘postal operative.’