Halliday Sutherland

"A born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better." G.K. Chesterton.

Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial – dramatis personae


Royal Courts of Justice. Wednesday, 21st February, 1923

Before the LORD CHIEF JUSTICE, and a Special Jury


Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes … Plaintiff

Halliday G. Sutherland and Harding & More Limited … Defendants

Dr. Stopes’ legal team:

  • Mr. Patrick Hastings, K.C., M.P.
  • Sir Hugh Fraser
  • Mr. Herbert Metcalfe
  • Messrs. Braby & Waller (solicitors)

Dr. Sutherland’s legal team:

  • Mr. Ernst Charles, K.C.
  • Mr. H.V. Rabagliati
  • Mr. Harold Murphy
  • Messrs. Charles Russell & Co. (solicitors)

Harding & More’s legal team:

  • Serjeant Sullivan, K.C.
  • Mr. Theobald Mathew
  • Messrs. Witham Roskell Munster & Weld (solicitors)

Events and witnesses

Day 1. Wednesday, 21st February 1923.

  • Opening speech of Mr. Patrick Hastings, K.C.
  • Sir James Barr

Day 2. Thursday, 22nd February 1923.

  • Dr. Marie Stopes
  • Nurse Maud Hebbes
  • Sir William Arbuthnot Lane

Day 3. Friday, 23rd February 1923.

  • Dr. Harold Chapple
  • Sir William Bayliss
  • Dr. Meredith Young
  • Dr. Jane Hawthorne
  • Dr. George Jones
  • Opening speech of Mr. Ernst Charles, K.C.
  • Professor Ann Louise McIlroy

Day 4. Tuesday, 27th February 1923.

  • Mr. George Roberts, M.P.
  • Dr. Halliday Sutherland
  • Dr. Arthur Giles
  • Dr. Frederick McCann
  • Dame Mary Scharlieb
  • Dr. Norman Haire
  • Dr. Agnes Saville
  • Dr. William Falkner

Day 5. Wednesday, 28th February 1923.

  • Sir Maurice Abbott Anderson
  • Closing speeches of Serjeant Sullivan, Mr. Ernst Charles K.C., Mr. Patrick Hastings K.C.
  • Summing up by the Lord Chief Justice
  • Delivery of the verdict by Mr. Maurice Spencer, foreman of the Jury

Day 6. Thursday, 1st March 1923.

  • Legal argument and Judgement

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