From the High Court, 2002
Barrister Geoffrey Johnson: Well, your Honour, if it is of assistance, the practice in the Federal Court…has been to call the applicant by the assigned name.
Guadron, J.: The assigned name?
Johnson: Well, there is an assigned, I think probably randomly allocated, set of letters in the Federal Court.
Gaudron, J. That is ridiculous. That is ridiculous
…. You repeat that it is valid and that I am to treat this person as if he had no name. Do you assert that? I am to sufficiently ignore the man’s humanity as to deny him a name in these court proceedings and to deny him the ordinary courtesies that I would extend to anyone at the Bar table?
… Well, it is not. I would not do it. I would not do it because it is discourteous.
Johnson: Well, your Honour, could I respectfully suggest to your Honour that if it is explained to the applicant that…
Gaudron, J: No, no, explain it to me. It is my problem; not the applicant. It is my problem. I was brought up understanding that there were certain courtesies and considerations to be extended to all fellow creatures. I was brought up at the Bar to believe that you treated people at the Bar table with respect. My time on the Bench has reinforced that learning; that one is to treat them with respect.