The barrister, who pleaded guilty three times a day in court, called for compulsory anti-apartheid training at every level of the UK legal system.
Alexandra Wilson, an expert in criminal and family matters, made a complaint on Wednesday and expressed her frustration over the incident on Twitter. His tweets, which quickly went viral, resulted in an apology to the chiefs of court services in England and Wales.
After tweeting about what happened to him, Wilson said he was overwhelmed by the reaction of lawyers from other black and minority ethnic groups who had similar experiences. The frequent occurrence of such incidents, he said, points to the failure of current training in the legal system to focus solely on unconscious bias or diversity.
In the last 24 hours, he said, three black QCs contacted him because they had similar experiences. “Something needs to change because how can it be that people sitting as judges are being questioned about why they are entering some part of the building.”
Wilson called on lawyers and the court system to introduce more ambitious anti-apartheid training that actively addresses discrimination in the legal profession.
Wilson said he was first stopped at the entrance by a security guard who asked me what my name was so he could find out. [my] List name ‘ [the list of defendants]” He thought it could be an “innocent mistake”.
A member of the public then told him not to go to the courtroom and wait for Arshi to sign his case. He had to explain again that he was a barrister.
When he was inside the courtroom, a barrister or lawyer told him to wait outside and see Ushar. Wilson explained that he was a lawyer.
At one point on Wednesday, Wilson was yelled at and told to leave the courtroom by the clerk who asked if he was represented. He said training needs to be done to ensure that black people are respected in the court system – whether they are lawyers or defendants.
“If the barrister is treated in the same way, you will be amazed at how a defendant will be treated, and whether the accused will be treated fairly. There needs to be more and better training. If there’s already training for staff, Wilson said, it’s clearly not going to be enough.
“I can’t wait to say, ‘I don’t have a racist outlook and so I’m not a racist.’ I think we actually have to consciously fight racism. “
A report from the Ministry of Justice last week found that Beam’s people “represent more in the application for judicial appointments” but that they are “less likely to succeed.”
Wilson, whose chamber is near the Old Bail in London, is the author of In Black and White, which raises the issue of racism in court. He said more steps need to be taken in every aspect of the criminal justice system, from policing and litigation to sentencing, to eliminate discrimination against blacks and minorities.
“Krishna, Asian and other minority groups emailed me saying they did the same thing.” “It’s absolutely heartbreaking that so many of us are going through this time.”