Lighter Side: Judge’s meltdown at lawyer dressed “like Harry Potter”

by Sophie Schroder12 Sep 2014
Lawyer Alan Blacker turned up at Cardiff Crown Court to represent a man accused of causing death by dangerous driving, wearing robes covered in ceremonial medals and colourful ribbons.

Blacker, who prefers to be known as “Dr The Right Honourable The Lord Harley of Counsel of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem”, was given a blasting by Judge David Wynn Morgan, the New York Daily News reported.

"Here in South Wales we had a barrister who later became a judge who had won during the Battle of Normandy the highest order of gallantry in a Victoria Cross. Did you ever see him wearing a medal? He would have considered it the height of vulgarity for such a thing to be done,” the judge thundered, adding; "If you want look like something out of Harry Potter you can forget coming to this court ever again."

Blacker claimed to be “deeply hurt” by the judge’s comments.

He said his qualifications, status and offices had been brought into disrepute, and Roll on Friday reported was "shocked to the core" that his title had been questioned after "the sacrifice of thousands of men who have died for the freedoms that are referred to in the title of Lord Harley for almost 1,100 years".

The medals were for voluntary medical service, Blacker said, and were not “some poxy swimming badge”.

And to make his bad day worse, the lawyer’s client was found guilty and jailed for five years.

According to Roll on Friday, Blacker’s LinkedIn page claims he is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Hindi and the Luo language of Kenya and Tanzania.

His profile boasts he is the "Mozart of the courtroom" and "almost a national treasure".

Apparently Blacker has also patented a siege weapon called The Hedgehog.