Justice on Trial: Radical Solutions for a System at Breaking Point (Paperback)
  • Justice on Trial: Radical Solutions for a System at Breaking Point (Paperback)

Justice on Trial: Radical Solutions for a System at Breaking Point (Paperback)

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Published: 08/07/2021
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'Chris is a powerful force for good in the national debate on criminal justice.' –The Secret Barrister

'Extraordinary' – Krishnan Guru-Murthy

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.

Drawing on case histories and global reporting, and published with a new afterword on law in the global pandemic, Justice on Trial presents a radical set of solutions for crime and punishment. By turns shocking, moving and pragmatic, Daw’s account offers rare inside access to a system in crisis and a roadmap to a future beyond the binary of good and evil.

Updated with a new afterword on law and the global pandemic.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472977854
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 212 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


Chris is a powerful force for good in the national debate on criminal justice. You should all go out and buy his book. - The Secret Barrister

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

Extraordinary - Krishnan Guru-Murthy

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

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

A passionately written blueprint for resolving some perennial problems with our justice system ... A powerful case for reform. - Geoffrey Robertson QC

Uncomfortable truths told in a compassionate and thoughtful way. Importantly, Chris offers hope and credible solutions. - Lady Edwina Grosvenor, Prison Philanthropist

Emotionally searing … A political homme sérieux with a determination to reform our disintegrating criminal justice system. - Jonathan Aitken, The Tablet

Will stand as a blueprint for criminal justice reform for decades to come … A must read for those in power who genuinely want a system that works. - Erwin James, Inside Times

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