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By Paul Robertshaw

This is a examine of the perform of judicial summing-up to juries, and of the language of persuasion and rhetoric within the English legal strategy. The publication examines these statements often happening in legal courts, but in addition within the excessive court docket, in defamation trials and in "civil liberty" torts within the county courts. The textual content of those summaries can range in size, and are major in that they holiday the circulate among advocates' turn-taking - in particular their ultimate speeches. as well as its linguistic issues, the e-book considers the perform of summing-up as a felony challenge - as unrecognized advocacy - and examines possible choices, resembling the North American and Scottish minimalist felony version, and a reformed summing up of patterned structure.

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