Farrington has here produced a lucid depiction of the lay magistracy that strikes a good balance between engaging personal recounts drawn from his years as a justice of the peace and an historical account of the administration of summary justice with thought-provoking recommendations for its improvement. Often receiving less media attention and public focus than the actions of higher courts, summary proceedings constitute the vast body of criminal law administration and arguably exerts far more day-to-day influence on ordinary people. Consequently, there should be an impetus to understand the nature of this system and Farrington's account is an accessible and stimulating overview. As an Australian law student, the book facilitates an interesting comparison of the processes of the English and New South Wales summary processes and despite their differences, many similar challenges face our respective institutions. Summary Justice provides insight relevant to any consideration of fairness and proper administration of justice and I strongly recommend it.