By C. Gregoriou
Crime and criminals are a pervasive topic in all parts of our tradition, together with media, journalism, movie and literature. This booklet explores how crime is developed and culturally represented via a variety of parts together with Spanish, English Language and Literature, track, Criminology, Gender, legislation, Cultural and legal Justice reports.
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As the Court of Appeal explained in AB v. Nugent Care Society (2009), this means that while in some cases the likely cogency of the evidence can be assessed from the written pleadings, in other cases the judge will need to hear all the witnesses before deciding how cogent the evidence is. If the result is a decision to disapply the limitation period, then the judge may proceed directly to a decision on the substantive issue. Thus rather than a simple binary choice – the complainant was abused or not – the judge has a third option: to decide that whether the abuse occurred or not, the complainant’s claim should not be allowed to proceed (see, for example, Albonetti v.
For example, the chapter entitled ‘Deposition’ in Adam Thorpe’s novel Ulverton (1992) also tells its story through fragments of legal records and letters, thereby calling attention to the many voices that are absent from the historical record. The judgment in NXS runs to over 35 000 words and displays a narrative structure that would do credit to the most ingenious novelist. After a very brief summary of the facts, the judge introduces the legal issues. These include the ‘shadow story’ of the missing file, which the Council claims makes it impossible to assess the quality of their monitoring of NXS’s upbringing (NXS 2009:para.
Raggett is a relatively simple case, but it has a degree of narrative complexity resulting from the need to consider the limitation issue and the substantive issue simultaneously. In the following case, a combination of missing evidence and delayed revelations poses a greater challenge to the judge’s ability to formulate a definitive account of past events. NXS v. Camden Borough Council In this case, the anonymous complainant, NXS, sued the local council for negligence in leaving her in the care of her mother, referred to in the judgment as ‘Miss P’, and thereby allowing Miss P to subject her to prolonged physical and sexual abuse between NXS’s birth in 1975 and the Council’s eventual decision to take her into care in 1989.
Constructing Crime: Discourse and Cultural Representations of Crime and ‘Deviance’ by C. Gregoriou