A bit of Garrow’s Law on BBC Radio4

December 28, 2012

Hello everyone,

First, let me that you for your kind words about the show. It’s appreciated. I’m only sorry that we’re not able to bring you more of Mr Garrow’s exploits!

For those of you in the UK, you might find it interesting to listen to the following episode of the Radio 4 show “Unreliable Evidence”  which was broadcast on BBC Radio4 on Boxing Day. Here is the link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pg54x

I took part in the show, hosted by former lawyer Clive Anderson along with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, appeal court judge Sir Alan Moses, and German judge Ruth Herz.  We had a great chat about the drama of the court, and courtroom drama – I talked about Garrow’s Law, and they played a clip too! We also had a broader discussion about the theatricality of the law.

I hope you find it interesting. Sorry for those of you who are not in the UK.

“With its sets and costumes, soliloquies, suspense and dramatic revelations – the courtroom is pure theatre.

Following the return of Rumpole to Radio 4, Clive Anderson and his guests discuss how accurately the legal world is depicted in stage and screen dramas. And they discuss the issues which arise when the distinctions between fiction and fact – between Rumpole and reality – become blurred in the public’s mind.

Does the way courtroom dramas introduce dramatic last minute evidence, show defendants crumbling under cross-examination and defence barristers reducing juries to tears, even remotely reflect the real world? Are judges really as out of touch, and lawyers as pompous and greedy as their screen counterparts? And does it really matter if screenwriters fail to stick to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”

 

best wishes

Mark Pallis

 

 

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