Forms of address in Supreme Court of Appeal – sign of the times?

I noticed this on the Supreme Court of Appeal website today. I wonder if this is a sign of the times or something specific to the Supreme Court of Appeal?


With effect from the court term beginning on 2 May 2007 the mode of address to the Bench in proceedings before this Court will no longer, in English, employ the expressions ‘My Lord”, ‘My Lady’, ‘Your Lordship(s)’ or ‘Your Ladyship(s)’.
Instead, the Bench will be addressed through the presiding Judge and be referred to as ‘the Court’. Where an individual member of the Bench is referred to this should be by using the Judge’s surname preceded by the word ‘Justice’. The current mode of address used in Afrikaans will continue to apply.

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