William Byfield's Secret E-Diary

Secret E-Diary - October 2014

Eerie times in the courts. I try to get in all my sitting days as a Recorder of the Crown Court in one go if I can. I quite enjoy the daily routine with no annoying clients... read more

Secret E-Diary - September 2014

Holiday plans are spoiled by a dose of reality. August is traditionally a time for holidaying, resting, recharging the batteries and cogitating. However, there is always... read more

Secret E-Diary - August 2014

Celebrating an independent judiciary. This week saw me chugging along by train out of Victoria to the southern confines of my circuit. I was covering, by part time judging... read more

Secret E-Diary - July 2014

There comes a time when each person must decide where loyalties lie. “No doubt he will pursue the case with the added bitterness of an old friend.” Oscar Wilde of Edward... read more

Secret E-Diary - June 2014

It has always been my belief that victory is harder to manage than defeat. When human minds are focused on crisis, it may bring out the best outcome possible. Victory, however, is another... read more

Secret E-Diary - May 2014

As a child I was given a short book written by the late Mr Justice Darling – a man who was known for his judicial wit, although his Spy pen-portrait bore the unkind legend “Judicial... read more

Secret E-Diary - April 2014

Battle lines are drawn My party political allegiances remained pretty constant until the day I found myself driving behind a car that had a sticker on its rear windscreen... read more

Secret E-Diary - March 2013

The Calm Before The Storm Despite initial skirmishes, the phoney war between the publicly funded Bar and the Ministry of “Justice” continues while we wait for the real... read more

Secret E–Diary – February 2014

A strike or not a strike? That is the question. Everybody has returned from the seasonal festivities absent the traditional good cheer. The clerks have “accidentally”... read more

Secret E–Diary – January 2014

Expect the Unexpected  One of the great joys of my life is returning home after a hard day’s gossiping in Chambers: shoes off, feet on the stool and a stiff gin and... read more