|Born||18 May 1957|
|Occupation||Barrister/ Recorder of the Crown Court|
|Alma mater||University of Newcastle upon Tyne
University of Warwick
Briscoe studied Law at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, financing her studies by having several jobs at weekends and during the holidays, including working with the terminally ill in a hospice. She took an MA at the University of Warwick and holds a Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Wolverhampton.
She was called to the Bar in 1983, and in 1996 became a Recorder, a part time judge - one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK. Briscoe's legal practice focuses on criminal law and fraud, principally defending. She also undertakes tribunal work, public inquiries, inquests and acts as President of Mental Health Tribunals. A room is now named after her in the Newcastle University Students' Union building.
In October 2012 Briscoe was suspended from the judiciary after having been arrested and questioned by police.
Born to two immigrants from Jamaica who settled in the United Kingdom in the 1950s, she was one of eleven children. Constance's mother Carmen had seven children, including Constance, by her husband George Briscoe. She then had another four children by Garfield Eastman.
Briscoe is known for her books Ugly and Beyond Ugly in which she claims she was abused as a child, which her mother denied. She often talks publicly about her experiences. Her mother, Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell, sued her daughter and her publishers Hodder & Stoughton for libel. The case was concluded in Briscoe's favour, when a jury in the High Court unanimously accepted Constance's argument that her allegations were substantially true.
She underwent facial and other cosmetic surgery because she perceived herself to be ugly.
On 6 October 2012, Briscoe was arrested in Clapham and subsequently bailed pending further enquiries, as a result of a police investigation. No announcement was made at that time as to the nature of any allegations against her.
In February 2013, at the trial of Vicky Pryce police stated that Briscoe's arrest related to the release of information to the press on behalf of Vicky Pryce contrary to statements Briscoe had made, and the police could not rely upon Briscoe as a "witness of truth". Pryce was a friend and neighbour of Briscoe. Briscoe had not been charged but remained on police bail.
On 12 June 2013 it was announced she would be charged with two counts of intending to pervert the course of justice and will attend court on 24 June 2013. The first count alleges she provided police with two inaccurate statements, and the second alleges that she produced a copy of her witness statement that had been altered.
- "Constance Briscoe - Barrister Profile". 9-12 Bell Yard. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Briscoe on The Book Show website
- Simon Hattenstone (12 January 2008). "The avenger". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Paul Peachey (9 October 2012). "Constance Briscoe, one of Britain's few black female judges, arrested and questioned by police". The Independent. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- "'Ugly' author a 'liar and thief'". BBC News. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
- "'Ugly' barrister wins court case". BBC News. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
- "Judge Constance Briscoe finds new love after barrister left her for 25-year-old trainee". Daily Telegraph. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- "Top female judge Constance Briscoe arrested and bailed". Daily Telegraph. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Ellen Branagh (26 February 2013). "Top female barrister Constance Briscoe investigated over leaking Chris Huhne case, court told". The Independent. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- Sam Marsden, Gordon Rayner and Alice Philipson (26 February 2013). "Judge Constance Briscoe arrested for 'lying to police' about role in exposing Chris Huhne". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- Caroline Davies (26 February 2013). "Vicky Pryce trial: judge arrested on suspicion of lying to police". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "Constance Briscoe to be charged over Huhne points case". BBC. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- Briscoe, Constance. Ugly. London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2006. 310 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 0-340-89597-7 (cased). ISBN 0-340-89598-5 (trade pbk.).
- Briscoe, Constance. Beyond ugly. London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2007. 239 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 0-340-93323-2.
- Constance Briscoe - Barrister Profile, 9-12 Bell Yard