Brazilian Jury Trial - a Trial Analysis from Two Perspectives

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 11:30
Oral Presentation
Izabel NUÑEZ, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
Paloma Abreu MONTEIRO, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
This paper intends to describe a trial from two perspectives: the audience’s and the legal agents’. It comes from our fieldwork, at Brazilian Trial by Jury, when we attended a trial that deals with an abortion case. From the audience, one of us could see how the trial took place from that perspective and the other could observe it beside the prosecutor. It is important because Brazilian Court is organized in a way that separates – physically and structurally - people who are there only to watch it, from those who are working or participating on the trial, as the judge, defensor, prosecutor, defender and jurors. So we intend to describe both perspectives through the description of this case we attended together by chance, while we were doing fieldwork on different research. Through this description we intend to think about space arrangements and how power and symbols work on space.