National Geographic : 1968 May
Conferring on a case, French lawyers re view a thick dossier outside a courtroom in the Palais de Justice on the Cite. They wear the costume of their profession, long black gown and white cravat. Patient tread of attorneys and clients awaiting their hearings echoes in the vast central gallery of the Palais de Justice. Sun shine pouring through a ceiling window spotlights a gentleman hurrying through the 240-foot-long hall. In the Palais, once the site of the royal residence, judges hear local criminal and civil cases; here also the Cour de Cassation, similar to the United States Supreme Court, reviews decisions from tri 702 bunals throughout France.