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Shifting PracticesReflections on Technology, Practice, and Innovation$
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Giovan Francesco Lanzara

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034456

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034456.001.0001

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Reshaping Judicial Practice

Reshaping Judicial Practice

(p.185) 7 Reshaping Judicial Practice
Shifting Practices

Giovan Francesco Lanzara

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The chapter analyses how magistrates reshape and reflect on their practice by engaging in hands-on experiments with the visual medium and by questioning the core assumptions of judicial practice. First, the magistrates respond to the displacement caused by the VCR by perceptual coping and sensory reorientation. Second, they begin to explore and test various ways of incorporating visual evidence into the making of judicial decisions. Third, they question the grounds of their professional expertise and face the challenge of multiple representations of judicial facts. The nature of the videotape as a legal object, the notions of evidence and proof, and the making of valid representations of legal facts become problematic issues. Finally, the chapter illustrates how the magistrates reweave the fabric of their practice by trying to reestablish an ecology of objects, tools, routines, uses and meanings that has been perturbed by the new visual medium.

Keywords:   judicial practice, hands-on experiments, visual medium, perceptual displacement, practical knowledge, representation, ambiguity, ontologies, mappings

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