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The Court Reporter - Jamelle Wells

Paperback Published: 19th February 2018
ISBN: 9780733337888
Number Of Pages: 320

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From true crime to petty crime - this is the memoir of one of Australia's most experienced court reporters.

As a seasoned court reporter, the ABC's Jamelle Wells has filed thousands of stories on murderers, sex offenders, thieves, bad drivers, family feuds and business deals gone wrong. In more than 10 years, Jamelle has witnessed many of Australia's most notorious and high-profile court cases. In the line of duty, she has sat next to criminals and their families, been chased, spat on, stalked and carted off by ambulance for emergency surgery after an accident outside ICAC.

Every day in courts across Australia the evidence, facts and theories are played out in a kind of theatre, with their own characters, costumes and traditions. But ever-present is the human tragedy of ordinary people's lives disrupted, destroyed and forever altered. The judges, the lawyers and barristers, the witnesses and the victims -- all striving to play their part in the quest for fairness, justice and always, the truth of what really happened.

From the calculated and cruel, to the unfair and unlucky, from pure evil to plain stupid -- Jamelle Wells, the court reporter, has seen it all.

Court Reporter is a tough and fearless journalist's memoir that looks at the cases that have shocked, moved and never left us.

An interesting insight


A good,easy ,insightful read





Very superficial



I would buy this book again.


An entertaining informative insight to the workings of courts . A bit of an eye opener.

Swan View West Aust


A tradie with another job.


This book will make you look twice at your builder. Supports the mantra "things are not always as they appear".

Sunshine Coast




Fantastic read for anyone interested in Australian true crime.


Revealing and insightful. Great read!


Really informative. An amazing account of the reality behind 'the news'!



Not that interesting


Just about day to day occurrences of courts in sydney,and some well know cases.

Newcastle Australia


Thoroughly Engaging


I was hooked from the introduction. I have had very little to do with Courts, thankfully, so didn't think this would be of interest, however, it is so well written, very engaging and I felt like I was in the Authors shoes in the courtroom. I thought it would be a very serious read, but there is humour as well and shows a great respect for everyone involved in the court process.This is real life, real events, real crimes and real people. Truth is stranger than fiction.

Adelaide, SA


Engaging informative funny read about contemporary australia


I had heard the author speak at a book launch and my interest piqued - I bought theee copies of the book One for me and one each for journalist and lawyer friends. I have since read the book. It's a page turner and also a fascinating study of Australian courts, crime and journalism. A very engaging read. As a reader I could almost hear the hush before the announcement of certain criminal charges in high profile cases. There is wealth of insider knowledge of known high profile matters. The book is well organised in short chapters. There is a mix of professional and personal. I had a good laugh at some parts. Sad and tragic in parts. Very good read for anyone who is studying law politics public affairs, social work etc.

Sydney Australia


The Court Reporter - a Tour de Force


Jamelle Wells has lived an extraordinary life and it is reflected in her unputdownable memoir The Court Reporter. From the first to the last page I was emotionally caught up learning about the catalyst for her autobiography and the book is a page turner. She writes as she speaks, she is articulate, compassionate and wise. None better to bear witness to the myriad of cases playing out in the courts of our land; some harrowing, others fascinating because of the characters involved and she injects great humour to offset some of the more gruelling accounts. Jamelle has great courage, she is discerning and ultimately optimistic despite the truly awful things she has had to report on. She helps us the reader more easily comprehend daunting legal processes. The famous, the infamous, the vulnerable and the heinous are all represented here. This book is filled with revelations that radio and TV provide scant time for. Highly recommend.

Sydney, Australia



4.1 10


ISBN: 9780733337888
ISBN-10: 0733337880
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 19th February 2018
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.44

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