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SHADOWING A JUDGE

Snaresbrook Crown Court has a quirky entrance. Instead of trudging through a bland car park, pedestrians walk through a narrow gap in a heavy steel gate, darkly overhung with trees. A handwritten sign warns non pedestrians to keep away. I could see no door in the abandoned gate lodge nearby. The drive curved round to the left, past a large expanse of green with glittering water at one end, to the main door of a vast Victorian orphanage. Inside, the long line of silent seated figures were jurors. So began my first day shadowing His Honour Judge Shanks. There are not enough women or solicitors on the Bench and we are being encouraged to "have a go" and consider a judicial career. The Judicia

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