Caroline Mitchell, 55, received a two-month prison sentence and criminal conviction for sharing information with other jurors while serving on a jury in March 2021. At the time, she was a senior lawyer in a national firm, but her actions led to the trial’s collapse and cost the taxpayer £30,000. Mitchell pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted that she had breached the requirements of all solicitors to act with integrity and uphold the law and public trust.
As a result, a solicitors’ disciplinary tribunal suspended her practicing license for eight years, preventing her from working as a lawyer until December 2031. Mitchell had not worked as a solicitor since being charged in late 2021 and briefly spent time in prison, where she reflected on her actions and helped her fellow inmates. After her release, she did voluntary work for two charities and received positive character references from prison officers, her barrister, and other lawyers.
Despite her conviction, Mitchell still believes she has much to contribute to the legal profession and hopes to assist younger lawyers in the future.