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Wed Dec 9 1998

Books: Discourse Analysis

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  1. AnneGodfre, Summary Justice: Judges Address Juries

Message 1: Summary Justice: Judges Address Juries

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 11:29:11 EST
From: AnneGodfre <>
Subject: Summary Justice: Judges Address Juries

Robertshaw, Paul (University of Wales); Summary Justice: Judges Address Juries
Published by Cassell as part of the Open Lingustics Series; Hb.: 0 304 33701
3; US$75.00/ 55.00

This is the first study of the practice of judical summing-up to juries and of
its 'survey of the evidence' as rhetoric, persuasive language, in the Crown
Court in England and Wales. The transcripts of these summings-up can vary
from a few to hundreds of pages, and are significant in that they break the
flow between advocates' turn-taking, especially their final speeches, and the
deliberation of the jury. In addition to its linguistic and rhetorical
concerns, the book considers this practice of summing-up as a legal problem -
as unrecognized advocacy- and examines alternatives, such as the US States',
Canadian and Scottish models. The Scottish model is prescribed for
consideration by Anglo-Welsh judges, with its insistence on parsimonious
reference to the disputed narrative, only where relevant to the legal issues
on which instruction is being given.
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