avocat, barrister, judge, juge, lawyer

🐭 a lawyer rat, une rat avocate . . . a la taxidermy



Another miniature.

How about this curiosity: A taxidermy rat lawyer, a barrister or un/une avocat, a judge, a juge? But is it un rat avocat, une rat avocate, le rat avocat or la rat avocate or is it la femme juge . . . ?

Perhaps the little fella is the true jurist, le juriste, a real expert in the law, a scholar of the law, un spécialiste de la loi, qu’érudit et professeur de droit, le savant et professeur de droit

Indeed, this is the real thing, a real rat stuffed, un rat de taxidermie. Truly collectible, one of a kind, a special gift, a collectors item.

See here for a previous post about the miniature lawyer mouse Portiatticus Finch Esq., Barrister & Solicitor 😊


Acknowledging the under representation of women in the legal profession & its increasing feminization in France, common law countries & elsewhere, I use both genders.




Closer inspection suggests this little one could be a common law trial judge, perhaps his/her Honour (Australia) or my Lord/Lady (England/Wales), ready to cast that gavel as needed to maintain order in the Court. I want order in my Court!”  Of course it could be a barrister/lawyer/l’avocat (not a judge) holding the gavel.

Of course it could be a civil law le premier juge, from the sitting judiciary, the juge d’instruction of the French trial court seeking order in the court, Je veux l’ordre dans la cour“. He/she would be addressed by l’avocats as Monsieur/Madame le président.

Keep in mind my comments here encompass simplified & light hearted observations of the two judicial systems: common law & civil law. My French is very basic. With respect to the judicial bodies & the judicial function, it can be difficult to find the functional equivalents between the England/Wales & Australian legal systems & that of France. The judicial function in France is a more broadly defined concept as it includes the trial judge, the juge d’instructon & the procureur.




If a common law country, her honour is dressed most proper – almost – in court attire of the black robe, the robe noir & jabot, a gavel in one hand, law book in the other, ready to take her proper place on the bench to face those bewigged lawyers in the courtroom before her.  I say ‘almost’ as she has yet to don the powdered wig, la perruque poudrée. “Oops, my powdered wig fell off! . . .🙂

Of course, it could be a French judge (or lawyer) – une femme or l’homme juge – in la robe noire d’avocat, the lawyer’s black robe, given there is no wig. The ‘powdered’ wigs are not worn in France by judges or lawyers & are not part of the legal profession.

But the jabot style on this rat tends to indicate it is not a French judge or lawyer.



Jabot style in France



Judge or lawyer – Lyon, France



French prosecutor

Note the distinct French jabot style



Note the distinct jabot style in French legal dress


These next few images show the 2 types of jabots most commonly worn by the legal profession in Australia: the collar & bands and the bib jabot in last 2 images.







collar and bands

more at Ludlows & Blashki (below)




bib jabot

Blashki Australia




bib jabot

Ludlows Australia




One imagines the trial Judge, le premier juge, could be saying something like this:

You have come before me Mr. X because it is not acceptable to break the law, enfreindre la loi.

What you did is against the law, contraire a la loi.

I remind you again that ignorance of the law is no excuse, nul n’est cense ignorer la loi.

I’ve a very good mind to send you to prison says the trial judge, le premier juge, to the defendant  . . .


Members of the jury” says the judge in beginning his jury instructions, I am quite confident, given what you have heard in this trial, from me, my learned friends and the defendant . . . that you will decide accordingly  . . .   “




The stuffed rat measures 18 cm.

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