The tale of a judge being called up to serve on his own jury prompted some splendid courtroom anecdotes. One correspondent recalls being a paralegal and helping a client into the sealed dock at Wood Green Crown Court.

‘He was exceptionally well dressed with numerous bags (he assumed he was getting remanded). He passed the last bag to me and as I placed it I heard the door shut.

‘A security guard appeared and told me to sit down and shut up. The client just sat down on a seat outside, then the judge started to speak whilst I am practically shouting “Pssst!” to the barrister outside.

‘Judge hears me and tells barrister to control his client – he looks round and explains that his client is outside the dock with those who instruct making the noise.’

The lesson learned that day? ‘If your client dresses better than you, stay away from the dock.’

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