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The Court Reporter


The Court Reporter


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

Longlisted in the True Crime category for the 2019 Davitt and Ned Kelly Awards.

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 has seen it all.

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

About the author

Jamelle Wells is an ABC television and radio Newsreader and the Senior Court Reporter for New South Wales. She has covered some of Australia's highest profile cases including the ICAC inquiries into Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald, the murder trials of Keli Lane and Gordon Wood, inquest into the disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell and inquiry into the convictions of baby killer Kathleen Folbigg. Jamelle's ABC book The Court Reporter was longlisted for the prestigious Ned Kelly Australian Crime Writing Award and the Davitt Australian Women Writers Award in 2019. She is a television commentator on Courts and Legal Affairs for The ProjectStudio Ten and The Drum.

Jamelle Wells
Published February 2018
320 pages
225mm x 150mm
ISBN: 9780733337888

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