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[6] But in my young days advocates grown old in pleading used to lay it down as a rule that we should never be in a hurry to propose that our opponent should take an oath, just as we should never allow him the choice of a judge1 nor select our judge from among the supporters of the opposite side: for if it is regarded as a disgrace to such a supporter2 to say anything against his client, it is surely a still worse disgrace that he should do anything that will harm his client's case.

1 The choice of the single iudex in civil cases rested with the plaintiff, though the defendant had the right to refuse the person proposed.

2 Not an actual advocate, but a supporter and adviser on points of law.

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