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Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933)

Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge

Author(s): Antony Lentin

Book Description

According to the Law Journal in 1932, ‘No present-day figure on the Bench is of greater interest than Mr Justice McCardie’. A High Court Judge from 1916 to 1933, no twentieth-century judge was more conspicuous or controversial. To his critics, he was a ‘rogue judge’ whose headline-hitting pronouncements often angered his fellow judges, called down the ire of the Churches, provoked calls in Parliament for his removal and earned a public rebuke from the Prime Minister. To his admirers, he was ‘a Crusader on the Bench’, a pioneer who denounced outdated laws, strove to make the law meet the needs of modern society and boldly championed women’s causes, birth control and abortion. The Law Quarterly Review described him as ‘one of the most interesting men in the history of the English Bench.’


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9780-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9780-9
Date of Publication: 01/11/2016
Pages / Size: 205 / A5
Price: £61.99


Antony Lentin is a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Barrister. Formerly a Professor of History and Law Tutor at the Open University, he is the author of The Last Political Law Lord: Lord Sumner (1869–1934) (2009) which forms a companion volume to this book. His other interests include the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, on which he has written Guilt at Versailles: Lloyd George and the Pre-History of Appeasement (1985), Lloyd George and the Lost Peace (2001), and General Smuts (2010). His most recent book is Banker, Traitor, Scapegoat, Spy? The Troublesome Case of Sir Edgar Speyer (2013). He has published widely on eighteenth-century Russia and has edited The Odes of Horace for Wordsworth Classics.