The aim of the court report is to get you out of the classroom and into the courtroom to see how the law works in practice! We would like you to visit a court to observe proceedings for a couple of hours and then write a report on your visit.
Planning your court visit
It is important to have an understanding of the court system before you embark on your visit. Therefore, please complete the required reading for Week 1 and 2 before visiting a court.
Your best chance of seeing a court case from beginning to end will be in the Local Court or District Court. Please be aware that there is no certainty that the magistrate or judge will reach a decision while you are in court and we do not expect you to stay until a decision is…show more content…
Nor is it permissible to take any type of electronic recording device into a courtroom. When you arrive at the court you may wish to introduce yourself to a court officer. Explain that you are a student and that you have the task of observing and reporting on a court case. You should ask the Court Officer whether the taking of notes is permitted. The Court Officer may also be helpful in providing information concerning the case being heard. As you enter and leave the courtroom while the court is in session, you should stop, face the bench and bow. When the magistrate or judge enters and leaves the courtroom, you should stand up. The magistrate or judge will then bow to those present in the courtroom. It is a mark of respect by those present to bow back. The structure of your report
A) Background details
• name of the court visited
• date of the visit
• name of the case
• name of presiding judge or magistrate
• subject matter of the case, and whether it was a civil or criminal matter
• whether the parties were represented and by whom- private solicitors or barristers, the DPP or Legal Aid.
These facts can be stated in point form. These background details are necessary so that
Cameras In The Courtroom Essay
Cameras in the Courtroom
Throughout history there have always been issues concerning judicial courts and proceedings: issues that include everything from the new democracy of Athens, Greece, to the controversial verdict in the Casey Anthony trial as well as the Trayvon Martin trial. One of the more recent and ever changing issues revolves around cameras being allowed and used inside courtrooms. It was stated in the Handbook of Court Administration and Management by Stephen W. Hays and Cole Blease Graham, Jr. that “the question of whether or not to allow cameras in American courtrooms has been debated for nearly fifty years by scholars, media representatives, concerned citizens, and others involved in the criminal justice system.” The negatives that can be attached to the presence of cameras inside a courtroom are just as present, if not more present, than the positives that go hand-in-hand with the presence of cameras.
Through the past 50 years the television camera has become a part of human nature. Each channel is there to represent a different aspect of society. It has given society the ability to witness traumatic world events, infamous police investigations and debates in the House of Commons from the comfort of their own home. The question remains unanswered, why is the public not able to observe a courtroom trial on television? Some claim that the media would distort the whole process having a negative impact on jury, however, if certain protocols are followed there would be no conflicts concerning cameras in the courtroom. The media should be able to film trials in the courtroom as it would create a better society.
Viewing a judge's sentence creates a divide in society. Will the accused be offered a fair trial? Could the trial educate the public as to how the criminal justice system operates? Would the public scrutinize the system? All of these questions are compelling reasons for why the media should be able to enter the courtroom. The Canadian legal system has been publicly criticized for being fundamentally flawed, the only way society can solve this is to understand where the conflicts are and why they are occurring. Public law is a very important to our society as it governs the relations between the government and the people. The public should be able to carefully analyze the system to satisfy their right to know what occurs behind the closed doors of the courtroom.
The primary objective of punishment in the judicial system is to create a deterrent. Where better to create deterrence than in media; as the media will provide publicly viewed consequences resulting from the failure to follow the law. Watching a judge's sentence someone to 25 years in prison with no chance of parole can truly be a learning experience for someone and a total night mare for others. Society can only read and hear about results from cases, but that does not provide visualization of what actually happens in the court room. Many countries have allowed TV...
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