Taking a Look at Australian Courtrooms

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As was evident by the local courtrooms visited within The Downing Centre, the architecture, language, courtroom actors and spatial organisation demonstrate the numerous levels of power, of which are present. This usage of power is evident as visible through the relationships between the courtroom actors, particularly those between the judge or magistrate, the witnesses and lastly, the lawyers. These relations significantly highlight the disparity of power between these individuals. Simultaneously, the courtroom architecture of which is present also signals and represents the different levels of power during court proceedings. In addition, the use of legal jargon in one’s favour is also a worthy indicator of attaining this much sought after power aforementioned.

Within a courtroom, power relations are revealed at their greatest extent, in the instances of the interaction between the different courtroom actors. During the observation of a particular criminal case, it became clear to myself that the chain of power in a courtroom features the judge or magistrate at the top, followed by the lawyer (or defendant if they are representing themselves), with the witnesses and defendants at the bottom. This form of power distribution further exemplifies the ritualistic…

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