TV’s legal fictions don’t do the profession justice – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2008 in courts, criminal justice, media, special report by sally

“Most people’s knowledge of the English legal system comes from watching TV drama. In most states of the US, trials are televised. Viewers see what actually goes on in a courtroom, including the functions and conduct of the judges and lawyers. Here, a modest scheme to televise some proceedings (though not criminal trials) seems to have been quietly dropped. So the main avenue for describing our legal system is through fiction: novels, films and – the most important in terms of the numbers reached – television.”

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The Guardian, 30th June 2008