Court on camera?: an exploration into the introduction of digital courts, and its impact upon juror memory retention

Hutchins, Elizabeth (2016) Court on camera?: an exploration into the introduction of digital courts, and its impact upon juror memory retention. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation was interested in the introduction of the 'digital court' (the use of technology within a courtroom) which strives to 'speed up justice'. This research examined the accuracy of juror memory retention in relation to evidence, and whether this was impacted upon by the way in which the participant was presented with evidence for a burglary offence. This has offered some insight into the potential impact of digital courts upon memory . 50 participants were recruited for this study using a convenience sampling technique, with 25 participants presented evidence in a traditional courtroom style via the use of paper, and the other 25 being presented the evidence electronically. The electronic evidence , as presented through the use of presentation software Prezi, which allowed for the incorporation of videos, audio and the ability to zoom in on images. After the evidence presentation, participants were asked to recall what they remembered about the evidence, and were then asked to respond to short answer questions. The results were analysed using statistical software for the quantitative results, whilst thematic and content analysis was used for the qualitative results. It was found overall that there was no statistically significant difference in the overall accuracy and quantity of information recalled by a participant, in relation to the way in which the evidence was presented to them. A strong individual preference for the electronic presentation was found over the paper presentation, despite the discussed literature, which has found a preference for reading from print-based text. This dissertation has also considered the implications for the introduction of digitalised courts.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 09:54
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 09:54
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22370

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