Rumpole and the Bowl of Comfort Food
Paul B. Bergman
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law
February, 13 2009
LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM! LAW ON TELEVISION, ABA Press, 2009
UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 09-08
Rumpole of the Bailey was a delightful British television series based on the life and courtroom exploits of John Mortimer's fictional curmudgeonly barrister, Horace Rumpole. Rumpole was a zealous if eccentric criminal defense lawyer. He was equally skilled in the arts of cross examining police officers and plucking appropriate quotes from the Oxford Book of English Verse. The stories' gentle satires of British traditions and justice make viewers feel as comfortable as Rumpole usually was as he sat in Pommeroy's Pub after a hard day in the Old Bailey, drinking a glass of the cheap house wine that he affectionately called Chateau Thames Embankment or Chateau Fleet Street. Chambers Meetings were a regular feature of the Rumpole shows.
This essay creates a transcript of a mock Chambers Meeting to explore Rumpole's character, his courtroom strategies, and the judges and other barristers whose idiosyncrasies were never-ending sources of conflict and amusement for Rumpole.
Keywords: Rumpole of the Bailey, courtroom strategies, Chambers meetings
JEL Classification: K14
Date posted: February 14, 2009