One of MIPTC’s readers from France asked how I came to choose “May It Please The Court” as the name of this blog. In America, when lawyers say, “May it please the Court,” we are asking the judge for her attention and her permission to speak. The proper way to use the phrase is to stand up, get the Court’s attention, say the phrase and then patiently wait for the Court’s response acknowledging that the judge is ready to listen to the lawyer’s argument. The phrase is always used when addressing an appellate court. In practice, it is rarely used when addressing a lower court judge, but you will occasionally hear an experienced attorney say it to get the judge’s attention at the beginning of that lawyer’s address to the Court.