The author's thanks go to a number of colleagues who have taken the trouble to read earlier drafts and in doing so have helped to improve my arguments. Special thanks go to Les Moran, Richard Moorhead, and Steve Banks. Thanks are also extended to the anonymous referees whose comments have undoubtedly helped improve this paper. Comments on this article can be sent to the address above.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being? Shifts Towards the Virtual Trial
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2008
© 2008 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2008 Cardiff University Law School
Journal of Law and Society
Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 464–489, December 2008
How to Cite
Mulcahy, L. (2008), The Unbearable Lightness of Being? Shifts Towards the Virtual Trial. Journal of Law and Society, 35: 464–489. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2008.00447.x
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2008
This article examines the implications of allowing witnesses to give evidence in trials from other locations through the medium of ‘live link’. Academic commentary on this technological aid has to date focused on the impact it has on the defendant's right to cross-examine or the ability to judge demeanour. Whilst these issues are important, this essay focuses on a less commented on implication of live link; its impact on our conception of where and how adjudication takes place. Particular emphasis is placed on the ways in which the courtroom as the prime site of legal practice is in danger of being dematerialized and the effect this is likely to have on the legitimacy of the trial as an authentic legal and public ritual.