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The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken (eBook)


ISBN13: 9781509841158
Published: March 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
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I’m a barrister, a job which requires the skills of a social worker, relationship counsellor, arm-twister, hostage negotiator, named driver, bus fare-provider, accountant, suicide watchman, coffee-supplier, surrogate parent and, on one memorable occasion, whatever the official term is for someone tasked with breaking the news to a prisoner that his girlfriend has been diagnosed with gonorrhoea.

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.

Both a searing first-hand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system, and a guide to how we got into this mess, The Secret Barrister wants to show you what it’s really like and why it really matters.

Its stories of how the law often fails those whom it is meant to protect - how do barristers feel when someone they believe to be innocent gets banged up for five years? - make for gripping reading
John Crace The Guardian
Funny, frightening, frequently infuriating but above all profoundly human. As a sensitive and knowledgeable storyteller, the Secret Barrister does for lawyers what James Herriot did for vets
James O'Brien

Subjects:
Criminal Law, General Interest, eBooks, Legal Humour
Contents:
Introduction: My Opening Speech
Welsome to the Criminal Courtroom
The Wild West: The Magistrates Court
Imprisoning the Innocent: Remand and Bail
Watching the Guilty Walk Free: Prosecuting on The Cheap
The Devil's Greatest Trick: Putting the Victim First
Defenceless and Indefensible
Legal Aid Myths and the Innocence Tax
Trial on Trial: Part I - The Case Against
Trial on Trial: Part II - The Case for the Defence
The Big Sentencing Con
The Courage of our Convictions: Appeal
My Closing Speech;
Notes
Acknowledgements;