Biography in the Court Room? Far from a Final Judgment

Peter Read

in Locating Life Stories

Published by University of Hawaii Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780824837303
Published online November 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780824871543
Biography in the Court Room? Far from a Final Judgment

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This chapter reiterates that the Courts of Law inevitably write biographies in assessing matters for civil damages. For instance, in a suit brought for mental, sexual, or emotional damage sustained when the plaintiff was a child, a Court may be asked to unearth and table documents long concealed or inaccessible, collect oral evidence of events many years past, or summon expert witnesses to testify on the probability of the allegations. Hence, the hearing ends in a formal opinion, the final biographical judgment, the Court's Truth. Yet a judicial finding may well be rejected by biographers after questioning the testimony of expert witnesses, and the oral evidence.

Keywords: Courts of Law; Court's Truth; formal opinion; biographers; oral evidence; civil damages

Chapter.  8593 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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