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Pride Versus PrejudiceJewish Doctors and Lawyers in England, 1890-1990$
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John Cooper

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774877

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774877.001.0001

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Jews and the Courts 1900‒1945

Jews and the Courts 1900‒1945

(p.135) Six Jews and the Courts 1900‒1945
Pride Versus Prejudice

John Cooper

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses Jews and the courts more generally between the early years of the twentieth century and the Second World War. Jews were keen litigants in the lower-level civil courts, particularly in the Whitechapel and Shoreditch county courts presided over from 1911 by Judge Albert Rowland Cluer. Although an able judge, Cluer possessed many foibles and prejudices, and the chapter assesses whether Jewish litigants had their cases fairly tried and whether they were adequately represented by the Jewish barristers who regularly appeared there. It also considers the small minority of Jewish businessmen who were charged at the Old Bailey and quarter sessions with credit fraud, fraudulent claims against insurance companies, and illegal share-pushing schemes. The number of Jewish bankruptcies was also high, for Jewish businessmen tended to be risk-takers and entrepreneurs, always seeking new opportunities in the market—and sometimes, in the process, exposing themselves to prosecution. After the Second World War, many moved into the urban property market or took over sluggish public companies with hidden assets.

Keywords:   Jewish litigants, lower-level civil courts, Whitechapel county court, Shoreditch county court, Albert Rowland Cluer, Jewish barristers, Jewish businessmen, Jewish bankruptcies

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