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The versatile mind of Henry Cecil, known to most people as the creator of Brothers in Law and the author of many humorous novels with a legal background, has taken a more serious direction with this fascinating interpretation of the English judiciary. Until his retirement, not many people knew that Mr. Cecil was himself a county court judge.
In this book, which is published contemporaneously with the twenty-second series of lectures under the auspices of The Hamlyn Trust, Henry Cecil attempts to interest, entertain and perhaps surprise the ordinary reader. Why were two thousand people sent to prison every year by mistake? Should judges have a trial run before appointment? Is a judge's time more important than other people's? These are just a few of the questions posed and answered in this unusual book.
The author offers a new insight into the present judges. He describes their background, their public image and their virtues and vices. This book will be of interest not only to the general reader but also to lawyers and students, both in England and elsewhere.