Any long-term reader of this blog will know my limitless contempt for the English legal system where the police investigate, the state pays to prosecute the person whom the police have found on investigation to be guilty, the defendant is presumed by the state to be guilty unless he/she can pay for a good enough legal eagle and the jury decide not on the defendant’s innocence or guilt but on the relative presentation skills of the prosecution and defence lawyers spinning selected facts to them.
The system is laughable.
So I was particularly interested to get invited to This Is Your Trial on Wednesday this week.
The idea is that a trial is set up with three comedians as the judge, prosecutor and defence counsel. The audience is the jury.
The accused is presumed guilty unless proven innocent. Just like the real thing.
On Wednesday, the accused will be legal blogger Charon QC, aka Mike Semple Piggot. The judge will be comedian Norman Lovett, the prosecutor Luke Capasso and fighting for the defence will be Bob Slayer.
On that basis, I think Charon QC should simply plead guilty.
I am a bit vague about what the charges actually are, but Bob Slayer tells me: “We are being brave enough to road test it in front of a paying audience of real lawyers.”
The gig has sold out.
A bit like English lawyers, then.