Why a Jury Trial is More Like a Movie Than a Novel
Author: Meyer, Phil
Source: Journal of Law and Society, Volume 28, Number 1, March 2001 , pp. 133-146(14)
Abstract:This essay is concerned to note the way in which successful trial advocacy seems to stem from the ability to convert legal discourse into a story form. These stories need to be ones with which a jury is familiar. These increasingly come from visual media, particularly film. It looks in detail at one trial where this process of relating a defence to the jury employed the structure of a Mafia film. The essay concludes by examining the reasons why the nature of the novel differs significantly from that of the film and how in the novel-to-film adaptation process a certain simplification is bound to occur.
Document Type: Original article
Publication date: 2001-03-01