Episode 8: Coroner Elliott talks the virtues of barristership, therapeutic jurisprudence, and being wrong

In this episode I talk to Coroner Marcus Elliott about his career and his writing.  His career includes barristers' chambers, small firms, large firms, the Royal Commission of Inquiry following the Christchurch earthquakes, the legal departments of County Boroughs in the UK, a pub, and now the Coronial Court, so there is much to cover.

We also talk at some length about how to be the lawyer you are instead of the lawyer you think you're supposed to be or that someone else is (even if they're really cool).  This even extends to accepting and acknowledging when you're wrong, which is one of the worst things a lawyer can be.

His Honour advises us to speak up, back ourselves, ask for help, and leave the party while we're still having fun, and he offers wise counsel for inevitable disillusionment with the profession.

He also talks about therapeutic jurisprudence and the non-adversarial approach of the Coroners Court, one that reminded me a lot of the Youth Court and the US' Veterans Treatment Courts (the greatness of which make me cry sometimes).  

You can buy his Honour's book here.  It's excellent.  There's a joke about a file note that made me laugh out loud in a cafe.  Plus it's about surviving in the law, so it's very on-brand for the podcast. 

 

 

 

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