Black bar­ris­ter mis­taken for de­fen­dant three times

The Timaru Herald - - World -

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.

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