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Locating Life StoriesBeyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies$
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Maureen Perkins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837303

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.001.0001

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Biography in the Court Room? Far from a Final Judgment

Biography in the Court Room? Far from a Final Judgment

(p.193) Biography in the Court Room? Far from a Final Judgment
Locating Life Stories

Peter Read

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reiterates that the Courts of Law inevitably write biographies in assessing matters for civil damages. For instance, in a suit brought for mental, sexual, or emotional damage sustained when the plaintiff was a child, a Court may be asked to unearth and table documents long concealed or inaccessible, collect oral evidence of events many years past, or summon expert witnesses to testify on the probability of the allegations. Hence, the hearing ends in a formal opinion, the final biographical judgment, the Court's Truth. Yet a judicial finding may well be rejected by biographers after questioning the testimony of expert witnesses, and the oral evidence.

Keywords:   Courts of Law, Court's Truth, formal opinion, biographers, oral evidence, civil damages

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