Head of UK court service apologises to black barrister mistaken for defendant three times in one day
The acting head of the UK’s court service has apologised to a black barrister who was mistaken for a defendant three times in one day.
Alexandra Wilson, a criminal and family barrister, tweeted she was “absolutely exhausted” after a security officer, a lawyer and a clerk at the court failed to recognise she worked in the legal profession.
Kevin Sadler, the acting chief executive of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), apologised to Ms Wilson and said it was “totally unacceptable behaviour” and he would be investigating the role of his staff in the incident.
Ms Wilson, the author of In Black And White, a memoir of her career so far, said when she arrived at court on Wednesday the security officer first asked for her name so he could find it on the list of defendants.
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