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The Spaces of Justice: The Architecture of the Scottish Court


ISBN13: 9781683930884
Published: August 2017
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00



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This book looks at the architecture of the courts in Scotland and the importance of these civic spaces. Given the importance of courts to the legal experience it starts by exploring why scholars have been so reticent in examining spaces in which the administration of justice takes place. It notes the major changes already unfolding in Scotland and puts these into a historical and cultural context.

The authors trace the emergence of the notion of the dedicated courtroom space in 19th century Scotland and the ways in which the courtroom setting affected the exercise of power through law. They show what factors led to the adoption of different architectural styles. They examine the changes in the legal, political and social world which drove such changes and how these changed in the 20th and 21st centuries.

They also examine the symbolic functions of courts both internally and externally. They note the changes in the decision-makers and their goals in the 21st century and how this will lead to a very different kind of courtroom in the near future. They examine the wider factors affecting the process of litigation and trends in dispute resolution. They conclude that the goals of transparency and civil dignity have serious implications for the kinds of spaces which will serve as halls of justice in the future. Since these are driven, it seems, by financial imperatives it does not bode well for the retention of civic pride and community which the courts of justice might be said to embody.

Subjects:
Scots Law
Contents:
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Justice-Personnel, Procedure and Places
2. The Courtroom in Context
3. The Development of the Modern Scottish Court System
4. The Emergence of Modern Scottish Court Buildings: The Superior Courts-The Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary
5. The Architecture of Scottish Courts
6. The Iconography of Scottish Justice
7. Scottish Courts Going Forward into the Future
Appendix: Courthouse Gazetteer-Sheriff Courts Followed by High Courts
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors