The legal system…

In but a few short weeks we have heard that the legal system is in ‘crisis’, various law officers and senior members of the profession are having affairs,  the prisons are full and barristers are briefless.

However all is not, by any means, doom and gloom. Lawyers are blogging and I’d like to draw your attention to a blog which I have been reading recently: BabyBarista

While it may be a fictional account of life as a pupil (There is much for the student and intending barrister) it has nuggets of information in pretty well every post.

I particularly enjoyed this piece… and I quote:

“Reminded me of the apocryphal story of a recruiter for an investment bank who randomly picked up half of the application forms and threw them in the bin. “Well”, he answered, “we don’t want the unlucky ones.”

One wonders how recruitment departments at the big law firms sift through the mountain of applications for traineeships every year. Matt Muttley would certainly approve. Meanwhile Geeklawyer has been reflecting on the common sense of the biker who filmed himself doing 100 mph on his motorbike in a 30 mph zone, posted the video to YouTube and then wondered why he was prosecuted by the police.

I was minded to comment on Geeklawyer’s comments section for that post : “Thankfully – no-one has been stupid enough to post a video on YouTube about getting a peerage in return for cash / loans etc etc … that would have been most inconvenient.”

2 thoughts on “The legal system…

  1. Hi CharonQC – I read quite a bit of Babybarista last night – I agree with you – thought that piece was just brilliant; I admire his/her nerve in blogging – bit like the Resistance transmitting when the Nazis were out hunting for the – I watch too much TV..
    I also watched ALL of The Verdict, and enjoyed most of it – I usually like Carol Sears in the Times but thought she didn’t quite get it; it just wasn’t sensationalist, chav TV; I know editing can alter the mood and meaning but that did not happen, or at least not enough to alter the realism of the feelings and emotional wrench when coming to a “Not Guity” with a strong suspicion that there was guilt; better a traumatised girl who can try to overcome the pain than an innocent man incarcerated for umpteen years (oh that’s a nice word)
    I do believe Jeffrey Archer weighed up the likely votes and came out as Guilty initially, so as to be the focus of the final minutes of the decision-making. So tricky….

  2. I have always regarded Lord Jailbird as the high priest of trickiness – a personal opinion, I grant you – but one, substantiated to some extent, when he found himself writing three books from prison. Actually – those books were quite interesting – read them all. (What a fantastic waste of tax payer money to jail him. Far better to have had a mechanism to fine him – which would have brought in a bit of decent revenue, as opposed to costing us money. He was most unlucky to have been up for sentence at a time when prisons could actually take in new prisoners. Today? )

    I am a believer in the concept of ‘price paid’. He did his ‘porridge’ – and you have to hand it to the guy – he has presence. I feel pretty certain that he would be a tad pissed off, however, not to have been able to take the avuncular Portillo role of ‘Chairman of the Board’ (as foreman) … so, of course, he had to steal the show with his ‘knife edge’ final word! Maybe all writers (even bloggers) suffer from this syndrome?

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