ABC Court Reporter Jamelle Wells has written a new book about some fo the more high profile cases she has covered in her career.
From true crime to petty crime, the book is the memoir of one of Australia’s most experienced court reporters.
As a seasoned court reporter, 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, Wells has seen it all and documents it in this book.
The Court Reporter is available from Harper Collins.
Jemelle stopped to sign copies of the book at Sydney’s Abbeys Book Shop (pictured above), and was interviewed about it on Channel Ten.
As a radio reporter, Wells is used to doing voiceovers. Along with the print copy of her book, she has also released an audio book version, which she reads herself.