Coming into Court

  • Chris Heffer


Jury trial unfolds in a specific formal setting — the courtroom — which has a profound effect on the nature of legal-lay discourse. The aim of this chapter is to provide an essential orientation to courtroom communication and to the receivers (jurors, witnesses, defendants) and observers (the researcher) of legal-lay discourse. Figure 2.1 illustrates
Figure 2.1

Entrances and seating arrangement in a typical Crown Court

the entrances and seating arrangements of a typical Crown Court in England and Wales, based on the Queen Elizabeth II courts in Birmingham, where most of the ethnographic research for this study was undertaken.1


Legal Professional Jury Trial Discourse Marker British National Corpus Participation Role 
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© Chris Heffer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Heffer
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  1. 1.Centre for Language and Communication ResearchCardiff UniversityUK

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