The criminal courtroom is undergoing a shift wherein its outcomes are now more readily available to the public via digital media, and its processes and practices are increasingly likely to rely on audio-visual technology. From the move to online courts, to the increased reliance on photographic evidence, from the recent introduction of courtroom broadcasting to the use of live-link video for witness testimony, the twenty-first century courtroom is steadily moving into a virtual realm.
This one-day symposium explores the emergence, implcations and impact of these new technologies of transmission in the courtroom.
The event is interdisciplinary and brings together speakers from law, sociology, criminology, media and communication studies and the arts.
Discussion will focus on three inter-related topics:
- the as-live transmission of court and inquiry proceedings via tweets and video footage;
- the use of live link technology and visual evidence in criminal trials;
- the move towards online adjudication and sanctions (the so-called 'virtual courtroom').
The symposium seeks to develop shared insights around the key themes of transparency, visuality and mediatisation. A key concern is what's lost - if anything - in the turn towards visual and digital technologies in the courtroom and the effects of mediation on jurors, witnesses, defendants and the public.
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This event is sponsored by the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath.
- Professor Leif Dahlberg, Professor of Communications, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
- Professor Louise Ellison, Professor of Law, University of Leeds, UK
- Dr Megan Knight, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire, UK
- Dr Peter Manning, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Bath, UK.
- Dr Dawn Moore, Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, Canada
- Dr Sarah Moore, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Bath, UK.
- Dr Olivia Smith, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
- Dr Jenni Ward, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University