The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken

July 20, 2019 - Comment

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child-abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years who you believe to be innocent? What is

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child-abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years who you believe to be innocent? What is the law and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs? From the criminals to the lawyers, the victims, witnesses and officers of the law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all struggling within a broken system which would never be off the front pages if the public knew what it was really like. Product Information: ISBN: 9781509841103 Author: The Secret Barrister Publisher: Pan Macmillan Format: Hardback Pages: 376 Dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 x 3.5cm

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Anonymous says:

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…

Anonymous says:

Stunning exposé As a non-legal bod I found this brilliantly written exposé 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…

Anonymous says:

Outstanding An outstanding book that should be required reading for lawyers and non-lawyers, alike. If you think the issues raised don’t matter to you, you’re mistaken. The book portrays the problems in the criminal justice system with clarity and (often gallows) humour. An engrossing read.

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