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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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Experimenting with Video Technology in the Courtroom

Experimenting with Video Technology in the Courtroom

(p.151) 5 Experimenting with Video Technology in the Courtroom
Shifting Practices

Giovan Francesco Lanzara

The MIT Press

The chapter illustrates and analyses the judges' early experiments with the VCR in the courtroom. Disruptions and contingencies in the courtroom are illustrated. The judges' responses and their practical experiments with the video-technology in a highly institutionalized and resilient setting are discussed. To counteract displacement from familiar objects and routines the judges first try out coping strategies, then move to design probes and to build a more structured repertoire of responses to integrate the new technology. Issues like access to visual data, criteria of accuracy, perceptions of time, and selective memory are dealt with. The legal relevance of nonverbal behavior and the validity and usability of visual data as legal evidence become a subject for debate and controversy among the courtroom actors.

Keywords:   video-technology, judicial practice, courtroom contingencies, redesign, practical experiments, micro-interventions, visual data, nonverbal cues

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