William St Julien Arabin
William St Julien Arabin (1773, Norwich – 15 December 1841) was a British lawyer and judge who served as the Judge-Advocate-General of the Army for a three-and-a-half-month period (6 November 1838 – 21 February 1839).
Arabin attended St Paul's School, London and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was admitted to Inner Temple in 1793, and was called to the bar in 1801. He was appointed serjeant-at-law in 1824. He was Deputy Recorder of the City of London. He served as Judge-Advocate-General of the Army 1838–39. He was a judge of the Central Criminal Court and of Sheriffs' Court, London. He was a Verderer of the forests of Epping and Hainault.
As a judge, Arabin was known as an eccentric figure who was notorious for his confused pronouncements. Some of his most famous quotes include:
- If there ever was a case of clearer evidence than this of persons acting together, this case is that case... and
- They will steal the very teeth out of your mouth as you walk through the streets — I know it from experience...
- Megarry, Sir Robert (31 December 1969). Arabinesque at Law. Wildy & Sons. ISBN 978-0854900107.
- Notes and Queries, clxx.310
- Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1981), 2nd ed., page 7
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