Hi: I'm sorry for the delay in replying to your message. My computer has been giving me trouble. It is obvious that you have a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to bring to your books and obviously have a good command of English. However writing a novel needs as much care over planning and organisation as I imagine a complex legal case does.
You start off introducing us to a learned judge, who is quickly despatched. Then we are engaged sympathetically with someone accused of her murder. In Chapter 3, however, the narrative moves into the first person and our interest is turned to the man who will presumably be the novel's chief protagonist.
This change of "sympathy" does not involve me as a reader and others may feel the same. I have been a writer of one kind or another all my life - journalist, magazine editor, poet, playwright - but have only recently turned to writing novels. I find there is as much to learn as there would be for a novice lawyer taking on his first cases, so forgive me if I appear hyper-critical. The intention is to be helpful.