By Sybille Bedford
'Going to legislation courts is an effective schooling for a novelist. It provide you with the main extravagant fabric, and it teaches the close to impossibility of attaining the truth.' Sybille Bedford, Paris evaluate (1993) For The Faces of Justice (1961) Sybille Bedford journeyed via Europe to sit down within the press field of the courts of legislation - excessive courts, low courts, police courts. In England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, she watched the prisoners on the bar, the accusing neighborhood arrayed opposed to them, the advocates, the jurors, the judges at the bench. She observed justice being tried lower than the legislation - the simplest we will do, the worst we will be able to do - various in refined but marvelous methods from state to kingdom. the result's a narrative approximately justice, humanity and the person - relocating, dramatic, fantastically saw, wonderfully instructed.
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The clerk is bound to ask, and the accused will usually end by muttering, here. The magistrates’ range of sentencing is pretty wide. Their upper limit is six months prison for any one offence, twelve months if two or more offences are charged and proved; the magistrates may also discharge absolutely, bind over, put on probation or fine anything between a shilling and a hundred pounds. ) The minimum prison sentence in London is Five Days. The reason for this is a practical one; country courts with convenient cells may give Two or Three.
The inspector steps back. ” The clerk asks the youth whether he wishes to give evidence on his own behalf. He makes at once for the box but is checked, and told that he has the right to speak from the dock if he so chooses. He looks as if uncertain whether this was offered in order to save the trip; the magistrate explains. “If you remain in the dock, you will not take the oath and I would not be allowed to ask you any questions. If you choose to go into the witness-box, you must take the oath and you may be cross-examined on your story.
I am calling Mr. Hobson,” says counsel. The usher makes for the door. Mr. Hobson, who has been hanging about outside, comes in, charges his way into the varnished pulpit, stumbles on the step, rights himself, grasps the Bible held out to him and repeats, “I swear to Almighty God——” “I swear by Almighty God,” says the usher. “By Almighty God——That the evidence I shall give——Shall be the truth,” says the witness, his mind quite evidently on the correct order of words and his own voice. ” “You must confine yourself to direct statement of fact,” says the Judge.
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