When Rosemary Riddell became a lawyer at age 40 and later a District Court judge, she was well prepared for her role in the courtroom by her previous experience as an actor and film director. Following the change of script, the author spent fourteen years on the bench dispensing justice and observing at close range the ills and challenges of NZ society.
Insightful, thought-provoking and often highly entertaining, this relaxed memoir offers a unique view of our justice system and the more personal story of a wife, mother and concerned citizen. [Larger font]
Interesting read. It was encouraging to understand how the judges were contributing to rehabilitating the young offenders.
Good discussion within the group. Found the book informative and funny. A good read overall. Some members didn't like the writing style.
A very readable, instructive and compassionate account of humanity, including that of the author.
Interesting book made more down to earth by her lovely sense of humour. All loved the book.
Some members really enjoyed it. Many were disappointed however, felt it was light weight. Covered a number of interesting topics but seemed to leave things in mid air.
A very interesting book.
Most enjoyable - we learnt heaps about the 'justice' system and a life of a judge.
Vigorous discussion of issues raised in the book. Gives a good insight into the judicial world. Appreciated the humour within. Worth reading.
An amusing and light-weight read. Appreciated stories about herself, less so stories about others eg. judges.
Very well received. Stimulated a 2 hour discussion, much of it around family abuse and education. We chuckled at the lighter moments in the book.
Everyone enjoyed the book, but felt the notes were not about the book - more about the legal system.
We quite enjoyed this balanced account of what goes on in the Courtroom. It was humorous, but showed respect for the institution, and sensitivity to people at their lowest ebb.