ROBERT RetouchedHave you ever wondered about the ins and outs of England’s criminal justice system?

If so, COURTLEY PROCEDURES may just be the place to look. As a former judge, I invite your views on topical issues.

For Example : Why do we English cling to our long-standing legal traditions in today’s criminal courts – such as wigs and gowns – and, is that wrong? 

Well I, for one, don’t think so, because traditions have their value and the formality of wigs and gowns has its uses. Barristers and Judges are easily identifiable as officers of the court for a start.

Although now retired, I still take a very active interest in the criminal justice process and welcome any comments, and it’s not just serious issues that interest me.

After all, the law provides enormous scope for the recounting of funny stories – just think of AP Herbert’s “Misleading Cases”, Henry Cecil’s “Brothers-In-Law” and John Mortimer’s “Rumpole of the Bailey”.
Which is why I have written “Wig Begone” by Charles Courtley – the fictional biography, humorously told, of a young Barrister’s early career.

Described in one review as “looking back wryly to the good old days before political correctness invaded our lives”, my book is nostalgic too, remembering my own early days at the criminal bar in the 1970’s.


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