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William Garrow

(1760—1840) barrister and judge


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William Garrow (1760–1840), barrister, judge, and member of Parliament, held the post of> Solicitor-General (1812–1813) and Attorney-General (1813–1817) and was appointed a puisne baron of the Exchequer in 1817. Neither his political career nor his tenure as a judge were in the least distinguished, however, and he is now remembered for his practice at the Old Bailey. Although defendants would not win the legal right to a full professional defence until 1836, a criminal bar emerged in London in the 1780s. Between 1783, the year of his call to the bar, and 1793, when he was made a King's counsel and gave up regular attendance at the Old Bailey, Garrow was its undisputed leader.

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From The New Oxford Companion to Law in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Law.


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