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Winner of Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018 (UK); Short-listed for National Book Awards Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018 (UK); Short-listed for Waterstones Book Of The Year 2
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The Secret Barrister

Stories of the Law and How It's Broken

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 'Eye-opening, damning and hilarious' Tim Shipman, author of All Out War and Fall Out "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.
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Both shocking and moving, but most of all I found in it a burning desire to make our justice system work properly for everyone. -- Daniel Zeichner MP This is a campaigning book, written by a true advocate, and thanks to an initiative by the Criminal Bar Association, every MP has received a free copy. They need to read it and take action. -- Francis FitzGibbon * LRB * The Secret Barrister is published at a time of turmoil for the English justice system . . . it is a broadside against a justice system of pervasive inefficiencies; unrelenting adjournments; beleaguered lawyers and court users treated with a carelessness tantamount to contempt . . . but with humility and compassion, this book helps us to see why the rights of those whom we love to hate are sacred. A panoptic account of its subject, measured and forensic throughout, The Secret Barrister is the signal in a world of noise on justice matters and - it is hoped - a spur to action -- Kapil Summan * Scottish Legal News * A very good book for anyone who has an interest in the machinations and history of the British criminal justice system, and even if you don't it is still highly interesting. A great factual history but presented in an easy to understand style that allows scrutiny of every nook and cranny of the subject. Both enlightening and entertaining, and what more could you want from a book? * Inside Time * This insider's account of a malfunctioning legal system close to breaking point would be funny if it weren't so frightening. * Daily Mail * The Secret Barrister says we should be outraged at the state of our criminal justice system, which has been devastated by legal aid cuts and is staffed by demoralised and underpaid barristers. When justice is under threat, it is bad news for everyone. * The Times, The best nonfiction to read on holiday this summer * The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How it's Broken is an eye-opening, funny and horrifying look at the criminal justice system, perfect for reading sections out and disrupting the lives of those around you who are "just trying to have a nice time". -- Evie Wyld * Guardian, Best summer books 2018 * Indispensable * Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times - on The Secret Barrister Blog * Completely riveting . . . it reveals the good and bad in human beings * The Bookseller - One to Watch * One of the legal blogosphere's hottest properties * The Times on The Secret Barrister Blog * Essential reading for those in, and outside, the law * The Criminal Bar Association * The blogger's much-anticipated book is a rallying cry against short sighted governments and an apathetic public...With clarity and eloquence the dozen angry, passionate, frustrated chapters shout their unanimous and damning verdict on a system "close to breaking point"...the book certainly deserves a wider audience * The Brief, The Times * I've read an absolutely amazing, gripping book by The Secret's a bestselling book which is spread, I think, by word of mouth, about their experiences as a criminal barrister...I found it incredibly informative, a must read -- <b>Ed Miliband</b>, <i>Reasons to be Cheerful </i>podcast Powerful points are expressed in a funny but penetrating way: the barrister weaves personal experience with his or her most memorable cases and clients...after you've chuckled to yourself, it forces you to reflect on its real meaning * Prospect Magazine * 'Follow[s] the life of a criminal trial, from charge through to appeal, dispelling myths, righting wrongs and telling anecdotes . . . The book is impeccably researched, and the arguments are backed to the nines with statistics and worked examples. Laid out calmly, the facts do what facts should do, but often don't: they clarify and convince. The Secret Barrister's book is a call to arms: a desperate, last-ditch attempt to open the eyes of those outside the profession to the injustices which exist within our justice system. Yet it remain

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The Secret Barrister is a junior barrister specialising in criminal law. The Secret Barrister writes for Solicitors Journal, New Statesman and INews and has written pieces in the Sun, the Mirror and Huffington Post. In 2016 and 2017, the Secret Barrister was named Independent Blogger of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.


Introduction - i: Introduction: My Opening Speech Chapter - 1: Welcome to the Criminal Courtroom Chapter - 2: The Wild West: The Magistrates' Court Chapter - 3: Imprisoning the Innocent: Remand and Bail Chapter - 4: Watching the Guilty Walk Free: Prosecuting on the Cheap Chapter - 5: The Devil's Greatest Trick: Putting the Victim First Chapter - 6: Defenceless and Indefensible Chapter - 7: Legal Aid Myths and the Innocence Tax Chapter - 8: Trial on Trial: Part I - The Case Against Chapter - 9: Trial on Trial: Part II - The Case for the Defence Chapter - 10: The Big Sentencing Con Chapter - 11: The Courage of Our Convictions: Appeal Chapter - 12: My Closing Speech