In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law – Sarah Langford

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Written by Sarah Langford
Read by Catherine Bailey
Format: MP3
Bitrate: 64 Kbps

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Title: In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law

Author: Sarah Langford

Category: Audiobook

Narrated By: Catherine Bailey

Duration: 08:10:06

Type: MP3

Size: 224.5 MB

Bitrate: 64 Kb/s
Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in court representing the mad and the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice: weave their story around the black and white of the law and tell it to the courtroom. These stories may not make headlines, but they will change the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways. They are stories which, but for a twist of luck, might have been yours.

To work at the Bar is to enter a world shrouded by strange clothing, archaic rituals and inaccessible language. So how does it feel to be an instrument of such an unknowable system? And what does it mean to be at its mercy? Our legal system promises us justice, impartiality and fair judgment. Does it, or can it, deliver this?

With remarkable candour, Sarah describes 11 cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock. She tells compelling stories – of domestic fallout, everyday burglary, sexual indiscretion and children caught up in the law – that are sometimes shocking and often heart-stopping. She shows us how our attitudes and actions can shape not only the outcome of a case but the legal system itself.


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