"I (can) see myself… But what for?" : on live camera feeds in courtrooms (from the perspective of witnesses)
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Wydział Prawa i Administracji (Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie)
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EN
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International Journal for the Semiotics of Law = Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique
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0952-8059
EISSN
1572-8722
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Rok publikacji
2019
Numer zeszytu
3
Strony od-do
641-660
Numer tomu
32
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1,58
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(liczba autorów: 2)
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EN
courtroom
live feed camera display
witnesses
cbservations
interviews
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The paper’s aim is to present and critically discuss a peculiar practice noticed and studied in courtrooms in the Lower Court in Kraków, Poland. In courtrooms where different hearings take place, two cameras are installed on the wall or on the stand near the judge’s bench. One camera is aimed at the center of the courtroom, where non-professional participants such as witnesses or plaintiffs stand while being questioned by judge. The second camera’s view is more general—it covers the rest of the courtroom, including the benches for plaintiffs, claimants, defendants, and their legal representatives, and most notably the general public. Naturally, the mere presence of cameras in the modern courtroom is not surprising. What raises some questions is the presence of TV screens in the Kraków Lower Court’s courtrooms (and in Poland’s courts in general), which display the feed from both cameras during the hearing. Consequently, people gathered in the courtroom, especially people questioned by the judge (such as witnesses), can see themselves “live” in the TV screen. Even without raising the subtle details and differences between individual courtrooms, the system of displaying, in real time, live video feeds from a courtroom into the same courtroom begs for more detailed, critical analysis. For instance, one should address the system’s (presumably intended) functions (e.g. transparency, behavior control, and correction of time perception) and the real consequences for the dynamics during hearings, which are not assumptions or hypotheticals. The paper distinguishes the issues connected with the system and addressees them through the perspective of witnesses who participate in the hearings, using the collected opinions of witnesses.
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original-article
peer-reviewed
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96856
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