I was brought up in a ‘legal family’, my father being a barrister and later circuit judge and recorder of Birmingham before recent retirement. From an early age I was exposed to court proceedings, and became familiar with the processing of civil and criminal cases. I am acquainted with members of the legal profession such as solicitors, advocates and judges and members of the police force and crown prosecution service. The result of this experience is that I am comfortable and confident in the legal/court environment.