Black barrister mistaken for defendant three times
The head of the courts service has apologised to a black barrister after staff and other lawyers mistook her for a defendant three times in one day. Kevin Sadler, the acting head of HM Courts & Tribunals Service for England and Wales, apologised to Alexandra Wilson after she said that she was angry at being forced ‘‘constantly to justify my existence at work’’. The lawyer, who was called to the Bar two years ago has published a book, In Black and White: A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System. A spokeswoman for the service confirmed that Sadler, who took over the role at the beginning of this month, would respond to the barrister.