The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken 
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.
AUTHOR: 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.
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Posted by Ruth on 27th Jun 2018
This is a well written, well researched, often funny but above all truthful account of the criminal legal system in England and Wales at the moment. If you know anything about the subject you will be impressed by how clearly and accurately it is explained, if you don't know anything about it you will learn loads and (I hope) be appalled by the things it reveals.