Graeme Williams QC

Quotes of Graeme Williams QC’s findings about today’s judiciaries from his book:

“…not far short of 500 years later, impatience is still the most common fault in the judicial character, though its consequence is usually to lengthen, not to shorten, the hearing…” (page 2)

“…one badly conducted case does not make a judge bad….one really bad case can exemplify a bad judicial temperament…” (page 3)

“…another related judicial failing, which has given rise to to many successful appeals and quashed criminal convictions, is excessive intervention, especially in the questioning of witnesses….” (page 3)

Yuill v Yuill [1945]P/15 at p.20 – Lord Greene M.R. (the Good Judge):

“A judge who observes the demeanour of the witnesses while they are being examined by counsel has from his detached position a much more favourable opportunity of forming a just appreciation than a judge who himself conducts the examination. If he takes the latter course he, so to speak, descends into the arena and is liable to have his vision clouded by the dust of the conflict. Unconsciously he deprives himself of the advantage of calm and dispassionate observation.”

“…by far the most common, form of badness, is the misconduct of cases in Court. This may arise from dislike of one or more of the advocates before him, or from dislike of the way the case is being conducted, or from…Impatience, or from sheer boredom with the, often tedious and repetitive, job of Judging…” (p. 5)

“….a quite recent problem, reported in The Times of 28th June 2012, raised the interesting questions of what should be the attitude of , and what steps (if any) should be taken by, an appellate Court which has to consider a ground of appeal making serious allegations against the conduct of the trial judge, such that the appellant did not have a fair trial.” (p.6)

 

 

 

 

Queen’s Counsel

A Senior Bencher of The Inner Temple

Formerly A Recorder of The Crown Court

In practice on the London end of the Oxford Circuit from 1960 onwards. He has been married for more than forty years to Anna Worrall QC, a Northern Circuiteer and Middle Temple Bencher. They lived in Camden Town and Suffolk.

Deceased: Cancer