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Justice on Trial

Radical Solutions for a System at Breaking Point
By: Chris Daw
Narrated by: Chris Daw
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Justice on Trial by Chris Daw, QC, read by Chris Daw.  

Almost everything we think about crime and punishment is wrong. I am going to show you why. And what we can do about it.  

Chris Daw, QC, has been practising criminal law for over 25 years, navigating Britain’s fractured justice system from within. He has looked into the eyes of murderers, acted for notorious criminals and listened to the tangled tales woven by fraudsters, money launderers and drug barons. Yet his work takes place at the heart of a system at breaking point - one which is failing perpetrators, victims and society - and now he is convinced that something must change.  

For most of us the criminal law only matters when we are victims of crime or are called for jury service. But what if everything we have been told about crime and punishment is wrong? 

What if the whole criminal justice system is a catastrophic waste of money, churning out lifelong criminals, dragging children into court from as young as 10 and fighting a war on drugs that can never be won?  

Drawing on his own fascinating case histories and global reporting, including the 2019 London Bridge attacks, Alabama’s prison system and one of Britain’s most dramatic mass shootings, Daw presents a radical new set of solutions for crime and punishment. By turns shocking, moving and pragmatic, Justice on Trial offers rare inside access to a system in crisis and a road map to a future beyond the binary of ‘good’ and ‘evil’.

©2020 Chris Daw QC (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"A shocking, disturbing, revealing and enlightening examination of a deeply flawed criminal justice system by someone who’s seen at first hand what the problems are, and more importantly, knows how they should be fixed." (Piers Morgan) 

"Fast-paced, engaging and littered with fascinating and often shocking real-life cases, Daw portrays a judicial system that’s broken from the lowest courts to the toughest prisons in the land, suggesting solutions that are as provocative as they are persuasive." (Matthew Wright, broadcaster)

"A hard hitting, page turning account of the failures of our criminal justice system describing through some of the author’s own cases not only how our system evolved but also why it fails to deliver to the public the protection they deserve." (Cherie Blair, QC)

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Compassionate, thoughtful and thought provoking.

Whilst I do not agree with everything proposed in this fine book it is clear he has made an overwhelming case for radical reform. A justice system run by politicians is a justice system at the mercy of populism.

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Compelling and startling insight into a failed system. Excellent ideas for change.

This book is provides a compelling and logical insight into the “justice” system and its key failings which are described along with great stories to underline these failings.

Justice at present is a misnomer and Chris provides a fresh look into how the system needs to be aligned with the name. Crime and punishment cannot continue to be measured and delivered as they currently are and Chris sets out how to start addressing this.

Highly recommended.

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A real eye-opener!

An amazing insight into our "justice" system and all its flaws - politicians, take note!

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Outstanding Listen

This is my first time listening to an Audiobook in full, I couldn't stop listening.

Chris Daw has highlighted deep-rooted flaws in our common views and implementation of Criminal Justice. I hope his ideas and observations receive the due consideration they deserve, and that those who support the system as it stands are able to gain new insight from Chris's extensive experience and expertise.

As a narrator, Chris has a most pleasing tone which captivates the listener and brings each case to life, as the listener hangs on his every word.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. Thank you Chris.

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A MUST read for every single person in the World

I have nearly finished this in just a few days.

It is refreshing, honest, true, inspiring, fresh, compelling, apathetic, understanding, and bloody brilliant.

Whatever walk of the path of life you are currently on - stop and listen/read this book.

I do not disagree with any of what is said infact the opposite, I fully AGREE with everything proposed - as someone who left the criminal bar disheartened about recent events - thank goodness for this book. Finally, someone has come forward and told the world what it needed to wake up and hear.

They don't make you a QC for any reason - and it really does show in this book - Chris, the criminal bar professional, lawyers, musicians, writers, politicians all thank you for making your professional knowledge accessible. EVERYONE NEEDS TO ACCESS THIS GOLD. How fantastic. Now thankfully everybody can access the law, how it got here, why it is here and why ultimately we are in trouble if we don't all raise our voices, open our hearts and minds and demand progress.

THANK YOU CHRIS!!