Professor John Morison
(Constitutional law and theory, Jurisprudence)
John Morison and Philip Leith: The Barrister’s World and the Nature of Law - This narrative provides an excellent insight into life at the Bar, to what life is really like at the Bar. For a scholar of the law, this book is particularly helpful in providing an understanding of how barristers and solicitors differ in their respective roles and the power games that are often played. The authors conducted interviews with both barristers and solicitors (mainly barristers) and this provides a rich and in-depth narrative. Themes include access to justice, legal system, class, advocacy.
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UK Supreme Court: The Highest Court in the Land (BBC Four) Available here.
This documentary gives a rare insight to the thoughts of four of the highest arbitrators of justice in the UK. They speak to truth and justice and discuss how they make their decisions – decisions which, of course, resonate and affect the lives of citizens throughout the UK. This is a fascinating account which allows questions to be put forth regarding personal feelings in relation to judgments and whether the justices always believe they are ‘right’. Themes include, legal system, rule of law, court, judgments.
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken
The Secret Barrister is a phenomenon within the legal community (with a hit blog and a Twitter following of 125k) and has now become known in the mainstream. The barrister writes anonymously (hence the name!) and following their online success has written a book which gives a first-hand account of the criminal justice system – and it isn’t very flattering.