Australian True Crime
A “low-flying” barrister’s life and times working in the Magistrates’ Court
The Magistrates’ Court is the workhorse of the legal system, hearing both criminal and civil matters. Magistrates’ Courts around Australia hear the vast majority of sentenced court cases - more than 90 per cent in fact.
Michael Challinger is a criminal barrister based in Melbourne and has been working in Victorian courts since 1975 – representing clients, mostly in the Victorian Magistrates’ Court and Children’s Court. Michael’s written a book called Mostly Guilty – which is funny….a little politically incorrect at times…and it’s about his career working in this first rung of the court system. He dubs himself a “low-flying barrister” but as you’ll hear, the work he and his colleagues do every day is really important and, to be honest, probably undervalued.
Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram
Guest: Michael Challinger, author of Mostly Guilty: A low-flying barrister’s working life. If you find yourself in need of a Barrister in Victoria, you can find Michael here: https://www.vicbar.com.au/profile/6405
Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks
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