Should we allow all women juries?

Introduction I was doing a trial the other day when the first 9 jurors chosen from the jury in waiting were women. The prosecutor and myself exchanged an arched-eyebrow look, as it seemed a possibility that we might get an all female jury. We didn’t. Although we did end up with 10 women and 2…

Micro Break Holiday on the East London Line

I’ve always been a bit odd individual, and times are hard at the criminal bar. Some people dream of foreign climes, a country getaway or a bustling city break for their annual jolly. I went for a slight twist on the classic adventure – a day out on the East London line. That this should be a matter…

Mr Briggs’ Hat

I’ve just finished reading an absolutely excellent book – Mr Briggs’ Hat (by Kate Colquhoun) and would heartily recommend it to everyone. It’s a sort of historical detective novel, narrating the true account of a Victorian ‘locked room’ style murder, its investigation and trial. It’s as readable as any novel and all the better for…

Holiday

Well, there’s been a bit of radio silence for the last few weeks. This was for the very good reason that I was on holiday, across the ocean In New York, New York (and also Washington and New Jersey a bit, and driving through Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia). I had high hopes. My last…