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Harry Potter author JK Rowling has hit back at an Australian chief justice after he said she “misunderstood” a new rule.
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The outspoken author turned to of the public in the proper administration of justice”.
She characterized the ruling as a “clear clash of rights” and said a woman has the right to “speak truthfully about the male violence/sexual violence to which she was subjected.”
The ruling, which will govern the operation of courts in the state, says legal practitioners “may consider a person’s gender pronouns and their preferred title… this includes, but is not limited to, counsel, parties, witnesses, interpreters, lawyers and advocates. entities”.
Judge Kourakis said Rowling had “misunderstood” the protocol, which only requires lawyers to inform the court of the correct pronunciation of names and preferred pronouns so that the proceedings are “conducted respectfully”.
He said each judge would ultimately “retain control over all forms of address used in court.”
“A victim of a crime would never be asked to speak to a suspect in a way that causes distress to the victim,” he said in a statement.
“I would prefer that commenters on social media take the time to properly inform themselves before hitting the send button, but my only concern is to reassure the South Australian public that Ms Rowling’s concerns are completely unfounded,” continued he.
While she said she “welcomed” Judge Kourakis’ assurance, Rowling hit back, saying there was “no such exception” mentioned in the ruling.
“Meanwhile, the Practice Note states that court officers must respectfully use feminine pronouns for the attacker when he says he identifies as a woman,” she said on X.
“The likely effect on a traumatized woman of hearing her attacker addressed and described by the court as a woman is not mentioned or addressed in the practice note. Respect only seems to go one way.”
Citing just one example of a woman being “reprimanded” for not using preferred pronouns, Rowling said millions of women “lost faith in legal systems” as more courts adopted respectful language guidelines.
“In the very place where they seek justice, a woman may now be required to listen to court officials who claim they have been raped or beaten by a fellow woman,” she said.
Following her Harry Potter success, Rowling has become more outspoken about what she describes as feminism, focusing largely on transgender issues.
Her position has earned her a lot of criticism, including from Harry Potter actors who have distanced themselves from the author.
Series stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have all made statements supporting trans and other queer people.
“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote in an open letter in 2020.
“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice from professional healthcare organizations who have far more expertise in this area than Jo or I.
“To all those who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for any pain these (Rowling’s) comments have caused you.
“I really hope you don’t completely lose what was valuable to you in these stories.”
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