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"Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling sounded off on a new policy out of Southern Australian courts that endorses the use of preferred gender pronouns in the courtroom as a "matter of respect" to ensure "public confidence in the proper administration of justice."
Rowling blasted the move, saying hypothetically on X: "Asking a woman to refer to her male rapist or violent assaulter as 'she' in court is a form of state-sanctioned abuse."
The Chief Justice of South Australia issued a Practice Note about pronunciation of names and gender pronouns on Wednesday. It recognized "the correct pronunciation of names and use of the preferred gender pronoun" as "a matter of respect and is an important component of ensuring public confidence in the proper administration of justice," according to the Honourable Chris Kourakis' statement. Jurisdictions in Victoria and Queensland implemented similar policies earlier this year.
Court will be responsible for facilitating a process where legal practitioners and self-represented litigants can provide guidance and clarification to the courts regarding the "preferred gender pronouns and titles" of a person, according to the guidance.
"A practitioner may provide guidance as to the gender pronouns of a person in square brackets directly after the name by inserting the preferred pronoun," the practice note stated. "For example: ‘The defendant [they/them]’ or ‘The defendant uses the pronouns they/them’."
Rowling cited reporting in the news outlet The Australian in a social media post blasting the policy.
"Asking a woman to refer to her male rapist or violent assaulter as 'she' in court is a form of state-sanctioned abuse," Rowling posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. "Female victims of male violence are further traumatised by being forced to speak a lie."... (Read more)