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The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken (edição: 2019)

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The Sunday Times bestseller.'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.… (mais)
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Título:The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken
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If you are interested in the English Law System, this book is definitely for you. You get a front row sit in the English law system. ( )
  Islandmum84 | Jul 28, 2021 |
I've been on a UK jury twice in my life, but never involved with justice in any other way. And based on this book, I am really glad about that and hope I never am unfortunate enough to be. Doing jury service opens the eyes to a lot. This book opens them even more. It made be kinda despair because it already feels as if UK is heading down a path of hidden dictatorship and politicians have made a very good job of removing public access to real justice. At least for everyone except the super rich & I think even they may be sorry for what austerity has wrought if they end up in court. Eye opening and depressing in about equal measure. ( )
  infjsarah | Jun 14, 2021 |
Terrifying. Reminds of the blog ran by an anonymous policeman which was equally depressing and had taught me that once the police has arrested you, you've already lost and from then on it's just a matter of how much. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
9/10 (excellent): A fast-paced and comprehensive look at England and Wales’ criminal justice system from the perspective of a jobbing barrister. It’s a terrific, if limited book. Terrific because it mixes personal anecdotes with statistics and comments from official reports to get across complex issues with verve and persuasiveness. But limited because (with one notable exception), this book is merely the case for the prosecution. The problems (usually, in the mind of the writer, under-resourcing) are amplified, the successes minimised. Alternatives are rarely considered, pros and cons are seldom given. The exception is the two chapters on the adversarial versus the inquisitorial systems, which are the best two chapters in the book. If the whole book had shown that level of two-sided analysis it would have been one of the books of the year. As it is, while thoughtful, entertaining, passionate and at times moving, it falls short of being genuinely constructive. ( )
  mark_read | Aug 13, 2020 |
Oh My word, I studied law many years ago at college and have always been interested in it and upon getting this book as a present set to reading it. This book was a real eye opener seeing how progressive cuts in funding and changes in legislation have eroded many of the treasured pricniples of the criminal justice system.

At turns, surprised, shocked, despondent but also hopeful you come to realise that the criminal justice system is under a great deal of pressure and kept going only by the superhuman efforts of various individuals within it. Any preconceptions of wealthy barristers, well funded legal aid provision etc are all shattered by this book. ( )
  prichardson | Feb 3, 2020 |
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The Sunday Times bestseller.'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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