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Lecture

COURT REPORTING

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Department
Journalism
Course Code
JRN 103
Professor
Dan Westell

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COURT REPORTING • Courts deprived people of liberty and, in the US, their lives • Courts enforce rules. Should be fair and just and not arbitrary. • Crown attorney (the government) – criminal • Civil courts­ involve no breaking of the law. Ex. Contracts, suits. Dispute between people that can’t be  resolved. Government not usually involved. • Justice= foundation of society.  • Fairness is vital. No prejudging­ it effects the outcome of justice. Presumption of innocence before proven  guilty is necessary.  • Media pays attention to trials because it’s not complicated, lots of colour (quotes).  • Narrative structure. Beginning, middle, end. Neat narrative packages.  • Jude and jury/ just judge.  • Shows state at work. Getting mad guys/ miscarriage of justice. • Charges are laid. Crown needs to disclose everything the police found. All evidence must be shown to the  defence.  • Voire dire­ admissibility of evidence. Can’t report it.  • Criminal code, federal/provincial laws.  • Preliminary hearing­ enough evidence to go to higher court/trial. Often one­sided. Defence isn’t obligated to  say anything. Don’t report it. Can after judgement.  • Most cases tried in provincial court.  • Ont
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