Having given some thought to these resolutions, I had in mind that some were too antiquated to stand in a modern world, though they were likely to have been adequate in Hale's time. Resolutions 1 and 3, I reject in their entirety; God has no business in the administration of justice; neither King nor Queen. The Law should stand above all and no man should answer to more than the Rule of Law and his conscience.
Having these thoughts, and similar, in my mind, I decided to rewrite Hale's list to fit my own thoughts and also to 'modernise' them to fit in with today's world/knowledge.
Keeping in mind that I do not administer justice (Hale was a judge) but intend to practice law, resolution 1 is therefore clear in stating 'the pursuit of justice'. Note too, that 'justice' does not imply a "win at all costs" stance on behalf of a client. The aim should be to give your best, but if your client is guilty, then justice should still be administered by those so charged. The Rule of Law and your conscience should be your guide in doing what is right, and your best.1. That in the pursuit of justice, I am bound by the Rule of Law and my conscience, and in seeking justice I will do so:
d. Regard that the path to justice may not be easy or quick; but
3. I will be prepared to do right, and my best endeavours will not be withheld for lack of trying; and
4. I will be passionate about my cause but not a slave to my passions, or fall to them however provoked; and
5. Focus my attention and energy to the business at hand; and
6. Never prejudge before the entire matter is done and over with; and
7. Recognise that bias and paucity of thought are my failures and no one else’s; and
8. That discretion and compassion and mercy are equally part of justice and law as much as punishment and rehabilitation; and
9. Law should not give way except and only to conscience and justice; and
10. That the law is supreme except as conscience and justice demands it to bend or fall.