Everything is just words. Everything. Which is to say everything is just thoughts vocalized and written down in some form or fashion. A politician gives a speech. It's just words. A group of politicians write up a bill and the president signs it into law. Just words. Same words can have different meanings and different words can have the same meaning.
The Black's Law Dictionary is full of words that you may think you know what certain words mean but they mean something totally different when standing in front of a judge. It's called legalese. It's the language of the Law Society. An officer pulls you over, asks for your license. You hand the officer a card with your likeness and your name in bold print and asks, "Is this you?" You say yes of course and now you're verbally entering into a commerce transaction. But how can a piece of laminated plastic be you? You're you! I am me. We're living breathing human beings. Words.
The officer maybe lets you go but more than likely, the department needs to generate revenue so they can patrol and write more tickets to generate more revenue. You get a citation with words on it, a date and time to go to the judge. You show up on the designated date to a dreary courtroom where you don't want to be during your lunch break. Your name gets called, you stand in front of the judge and all you want to do is get out of the building so you plead 'no contest' or 'guilty'. The judge probably won't even look up from what he's writing. He hands down the fine and asks you if you "understand"? You say yes because you think he's asking you if you comprehend what he's told you but legally speaking he's asking if you stand under his authority because that's the Legal definition of 'understand'. But you don't care. You just want to hurry up, pay up, and get out of there.
But if you would've just looked at the words on the citation for a moment. What do they mean? Who is the plaintiff? The municipality or county, depending on which department issued the ticket. We'll go with a municipality for this example. The defendant is you. Well, not you, but the name that was on the license. Maybe you ask the judge if you can ask a few questions. He says sure, again without looking up from his bench. Maybe you ask if you're entitled to a "fair & independent" trial. He'll say yes. Maybe you ask if it's possible to have a fair & independent trial if there is a direct conflict of interest? He'll say of course not. Then you ask the judge who or what he represents? The judge stops writing and finally looks up at you. "I represent the municipal court." he says. Maybe you reply with, "Can I make a motion to have this case dismissed?"
"On what grounds?"
"A direct conflict of interest."
"How do you figure that?"
"You said you represent the municipality but it's the municipality that is the Plaintiff so how can there be a fair & independent trial if the plaintiff and the judge represent the same thing?"
Because it's all just words.