Roger Harrison

Roger Harrison


Call 1969. Retired 2018


Roger Harrison


Call 1969. Retired 2018


Roger Harrison, a distinguished advocate, was called to the Bar in 1969 and enjoyed a prolific career in criminal law which spanned nearly five decades until his retirement in 2018. His judicial tenure began in 1992 as an Assistant Recorder, progressing to full Recorder in 1994, a post he held until his judicial retirement in 2016.

In retirement Roger has channelled his long-established interest in constitutional and public law into writing. His first book, “Modern Criminal Pleadings – An Assessment of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in the 21st Century” (2023 Amazon Publications) is a significant contribution to this wide field of study.

The book is structured in two main parts:

  1. The Manual (pages 45 to 360): This part comprises a collection of sample criminal pleadings sub-divided into defence statements, trial applications, skeleton arguments and grounds of appeal. These samples are largely derived from Roger’s own professional casework. They serve as a practical resource for members of the Bar, especially pupils, young practitioners and barristers who operate under substantial workload pressure, requiring easy and ready reference to accurate, apposite pleadings.
  2. Preface, Commentary and Epilogue: These parts explore the broader issues of drafting criminal pleadings. Here he also provides an historical analysis of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), critically analysing a small number of noteworthy appeals from his own career, offering insights and conclusions about the contemporary state of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). Additionally there is a short discussion on reform of the Court and its jurisdiction.

Roger is now embarking on his second book, exploring similar themes to those in ‘Modern Criminal Pleadings’ whilst presenting the subject matter in more lay and less legalistic style, including new chapters on the ‘Post Office Scandal’ and the Court’s approach to ‘pure points of law’.

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