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Jack Elliot, QC, worked as a barrister (mainly for defence) in Adelaide for fifty years, acting in many of the State's well-known cases. His intriguing, relentless, often hilarious memoirs capture a life spent in the service of the law, before 'lawyer' became a dirty word. The book is peopled with Dickensian characters: falsely accused victims, pompous judges, shady criminals, depraved rapists and murderers. His stories from the courts will fascinate anyone with an interest in the mysterious workings of our system of justice.