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How do advocates, attorneys and lawyers pronounce “prima facie”?

Most pronounce it in one of the following manners:

  1. prahy-muh fey-shee-ee (ˈpraɪmə ˈfeɪʃiˌi)

  2. prahy-muh fey-shee (ˈpraɪmə ˈfeɪʃi)

  3. prahy-muh fey-shuh (ˈpraɪmə ˈfeɪʃə)

However, this does not mean that every legal professional around the world familiar with Latin phrases knows how to pronounce prima facie…
Some ZAF attorneys pronounce prima facie as:
  1. prahy-muh fey-see (ˈpraɪmə ˈfeɪsi) – not to be confused with prahy-muh toosh-ee (ˈpraɪmə ˈtʊʃi)
  2. prahy-muh fuhk-yai (ˈpraɪmə fʌk yɛə) – not to be confused with suh-kuhn-duhs fuhk-noh (səˈkʌndəs fʌk noʊ).
The aforementioned seem to be popular legal “Zafisms” among some of the legal professionals in the Cape Town area.

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