A Modern Trial: A Study of the Use of Video-Recorded Testimonies in the Swedish Court of Appeal
2013 (English)In: Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, ISSN 1059-4337, Vol. 61, 81-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The essay studies the introduction and use of audio-visual media in contemporary Swedish courtroom praxis and how this affects social interaction and the constitution of judicial space. The background to the study is the increasing use of video technology in law courts during the last decennium, and in particular the reformed trial code regulating court proceedings introduced in Sweden in 2008. The reform is called A Modern Trial (En modernare raättegång, Proposition 2004/05:131). An important innovation is that testimonies in lower level court proceedings now are video recorded and, in case of an appeal trial, then are screened in the appellate court. The study of social interaction and the constitution of judicial space in the essay is based in part on an ethnographic study of the Stockholm appellate court(Svea hovraätt) conducted in the fall 2010; in part on a study of the preparatory works to the legal reform; and in part on research on how media technology affects social interaction and the constitution of space and place.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 61, 81-135 p.
Trial, Judicial space, video-recorded testimony
Law and Society Cultural Studies Communication Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-121521DOI: 10.1108/S1059-4337(2013)0000061007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-121521DiVA: diva2:618720
QC 201305032013-04-292013-04-292013-05-03Bibliographically approved