All Rise I am not a lawyer. But my husband is, a company law barrister. He has never done any criminal work. We have lots of friends in all branches of the law though, and I am used to being surrounded by legal news and chat. So I thought I had a pretty fair idea of how the criminal law system in England and Wales works in reality rather than simply in theory. I was wrong. Having read this book I am a wiser, and much sadder, woman.It seems that now, if you look behind the very thin…
Stunning exposÃ© As a non-legal bod I found this brilliantly written exposÃ© of the crisis in UK criminal justice totally compelling. The author develops a conversational style which means an easier read in some of the drier sections, however there aren’t many of those. Every single person in this country should care about how our criminal justice system works, or as is currently the case, just doesn’t. The chapter on wrongful convictions and how this government has passed legislation which has effectively…
Indictment of the collapse of the British criminal law system. This is a shocking book and a must read. A lot of the criticism arises from the deliberate policies of the most recent two governments to undermine the system by starving it of resources and killing off legal aid, but the problem goes back a long way and this is not ignored. It includes an excellent history of the English criminal law system, much of which was news to me. The vast bulk of trials are conducted by untrained amateurs in the Magistrates Courts. It may be cheap but it is not…
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