The Secret Barrister - The Secret Barrister

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Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781509841141
Published:
4th Apr 2019
Publisher:
Picador
Dimensions:
373 pages: 196 x 130 x 31mm

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

The Secret Barrister is a junior barrister specializing in criminal law, and the author of the award-winning blog of the same name. The Secret Barrister writes for The Times, the Guardian, New Statesman, iNews, Esquire, Counsel magazine and Solicitors Journal, and has appeared 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. In 2018, the Secret Barrister was named Legal Personality of The Year at the Law Society Awards. Their first book,The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken, was a Sunday Times top-ten hardback bestseller for twenty-four consecutive weeks and a number one bestseller in paperback.