someone getting to their feet

zhaugust

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Chinese
Can someone help me to understand this sentence? Much prosecuting in the magistrates’ court takes the form of someone getting to their feet. Does it mean the lawyer takes a new case which someone hand up to him just at court?

Much prosecuting in the magistrates’ court takes the form of someone getting to their feet and presenting a case they have never set eyes on before.---The Secret Barrister
 
  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    They have to stand to argue their case. So it just refers to him standing up to begin the case. But you are right that the overall meaning is that he hasn't seen the case before and has had no preparation time for it. He has to read about it as the trial is going on. (If the writer is not exaggerating.)
     
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