THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER.
Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2018.
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2018.
Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018.
'Eye-opening, funny and horrifying' Observer
'Everyone who has any interest in public life should read it' Daily Mail
You may not wish to think about it, but one day you or someone you love will almost certainly appear in a criminal courtroom. You might be a juror, a victim, a witness or - perhaps through no fault of your own - a defendant. Whatever your role, you'd expect a fair trial.
I'm a barrister. I work in the criminal justice system, and every day I see how fairness is not guaranteed. Too often the system fails those it is meant to protect. The innocent are wronged and the guilty allowed to walk free.
I want to share some stories from my daily life to show you how the system is broken, who broke it and why we should start caring before it's too late.
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER FOR 24 WEEKS.
- 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