Judge John Deed

Season 1 Episode 0

Exacting Justice

Aired Unknown Jan 09, 2001 on BBC
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Exacting Justice
Deed presides over the murder trial of Maurice Hart, a black defendant who shot and killed the driver of a van which ran over and killed Hart's daughter in a hit and run accident.

At the same time, the judge is keen to investigate Hart's attractive defence counsel more closely, and he also jousts over the case with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at a London fencing club. Of course, Deed undertakes these misdemeanours against his professional code in supposedly good causes. These include helping his student daughter Charlie to protest against genetically modified crops (and springing her from the cells when she is arrested) and working out how to free his vigilante defendant.


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  • Judge John Deed is called upon to preside over the trial of Maurice Hart, a man who has been charged with murdering the man who killed his young daughter.

    Maurice Hart (Victor Romero Evans) is a black man in his late 30s who is on trial for the murder of Alex Redburn (Steven Osborne) who ran over and killed Hart's young daughter, Mona.

    Redburn was driving erratically when he hit and killed the little girl. The jury at his trial found him 'not guilty' but the distraught father, who was raising Mona alone since the death of his wife, could not accept the verdict and went and purchased a shotgun, acquired all the appropriate permits and proceeded to gun Redburn down, leaving his widow and children to fend for themselves.

    The trial seems as though it won't last long as the case is very cut and dried - Hart killed Redburn and does not deny it. With Jo Mills (Jenny Seagrove) as his highly skilled defence counsel and a very sympathetic though totally fair judge, Maurice Hart looks to be going to prison for a very long time even when we see that the police officers who gave him the gun permits knew quite well that he was emotionally unstable at the time.

    Unofficially, Sir John tells Jo Mills (an old flame of his from years ago) that he believes the only hope her client has of winning his freedom is if he makes a statement from the dock, which he does after the jury have delivered a verdict of "guilty".

    The ending is electrifying as Maurice Hart makes his statement and the entire court, especially the jury, is spellbound by his speech.

    A superb piece of British drama with an amazing cast who give stellar performances. Do yourself a big favour and watch this if you are a fan of this kind of television, you'll be glad you did.moreless
Colin Salmon

Colin Salmon

Willy Radcliff

Guest Star

Christopher Ellison

Christopher Ellison

Mike Briggs

Guest Star

Tom Harper

Tom Harper

Rory Brown

Guest Star

Barbara Thorn

Barbara Thorn

Rita Cooper

Recurring Role

David Norman

David Norman

Stephen Ashurst

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • High Court Judges in England and Wales can be referred to in one of a number of ways:
      Judge John Deed (as per the title of the show, although few High Court Judges are actually go by the title of 'Judge')
      The Honourable Mr Justice Deed (as his name would appear on official court documentation)
      Mr Justice Deed (the correct way to refer to a Judge in conversation)
      Sir John Deed (this is the correct way to refer to Judge in his presence as all High Court Judges are Knights and Dames of the Realm)
      and Deed J ('J' meaning 'Justice', the appropriate legal abbreviation for Judges' titles in all English law reports)

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