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To Be Fair

Riddell, Rosemary

  16 Reviews

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]

Pages
220
Year
2021

Reviews

NELS 023
08-05-2024
On the whole our group enjoyed this book. It only scored 3/5 because of the writing, which we felt made it a journal. But our discussion was robust and lengthy and we all admired Rosemary and her honesty. The notes and questions were excellent.
OHOPE 001
06-03-2024
This book generated much discussion about the humanity of judges, and flaws in the judicial system. Everyone present had enjoyed it, but some complained that there were too many quotes. Pleased it was about the New Zealand system by a lady judge.
MATAM 001
21-02-2024
Rosemary Riddell's book 'To Be Fair' gave us a good start to our year with her descriptions of work as a District Court Judge. There were many topics for discussion, which was very spirited at times. The questions were very good. All in all an enlightening, and at times, amusing read.
NAP 011
27-11-2023
Interesting topic but the group felt that it was clumsily written. Unfortunately little enthusiasm to recommend this book.
WAIHEK 001
16-11-2023
Interesting read. It was encouraging to understand how the judges were contributing to rehabilitating the young offenders.
AUCK 247
20-10-2023
Good discussion within the group. Found the book informative and funny. A good read overall. Some members didn't like the writing style.
CHCH 257
18-10-2023
A very readable, instructive and compassionate account of humanity, including that of the author.
DUNED 111
13-07-2023
Interesting book made more down to earth by her lovely sense of humour. All loved the book.
LEVIN 001
22-06-2023
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.
MAYF 001
15-06-2023
A very interesting book.
MOSG 004
04-05-2023
Most enjoyable - we learnt heaps about the 'justice' system and a life of a judge.
BLENH 003
24-04-2023
Vigorous discussion of issues raised in the book. Gives a good insight into the judicial world. Appreciated the humour within. Worth reading.
WELL 130
30-03-2023
An amusing and light-weight read. Appreciated stories about herself, less so stories about others eg. judges.
OXF 002
08-02-2023
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.
CHCH 294
02-02-2023
Everyone enjoyed the book, but felt the notes were not about the book - more about the legal system.
AUCK 422
19-10-2022
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.