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The Spaces of Justice: The Architecture of the Scottish Court (Law, Culture, and the Humanities Series)


The Spaces of Justice: The Architecture of the Scottish Court (Law, Culture, and the Humanities Series)

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    Peter Robson(Author) Johnny Rodger(Author)
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 unfoldingin 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.

The architecture of our public buildings embodies our societal values and makes manifest our priorities. This thoroughly researched work asks important and timely questions: What is our vision for Scotland's future 'spaces of justice'? Should there be wider professional, public and architectural debate? How do we ensure public investment creates buildings that are meaningful and by design enable progressive and inclusive legal process?--Karen Anderson, architect and chair of Architecture and Design ScotlandRobson and Rodger have produced a masterful and in depth study of the hitherto neglected institution that is the Scottish courthouse: as historical monument, symbol of civic pride and judicial independence. This is a fascinating survey of those spaces in which Scottish law has been crafted and developed over centuries and of a system under unprecedented pressure to respond to the very different and evolving demands of 21st century justice.--Dame Elish Angiolini, Principal St Hugh's College Oxford ( former Lord Advocate and Solicitor General for Scotland)This is a fascinating and thought provoking piece of socio-legal scholarship - a worthwhile read for all of those with an interest in the provision of justice in Scotland, who will undoubtedly, as a result, find their engagement with the spaces in which our justice system operates to be a richer and more rewarding experience.--Lord Clark, Court of Session JudgeA marvelous and insightful book. Original, thought-provoking and timely, it makes us see the places and spaces of law and justice in a new way. Interdisciplinary work at its best, the authors raise important questions about the courts and justice. The book uses the history and development of the legal system to help better us understand contemporary debates. Highly recommended.--Richard Collier, Professor at University of Newcastle ( former editor of Social and Legal Studies)This book is a very welcome addition to the burgeoning international literature on the architecture of justice spaces and provides a very welcome focus on the much neglected topic of Scottish courts. The gazeteer is particularly valuable and provides rich material for future research.--Linda Mulcahy, Professor, LSE, author of Legal ArchitectureThis is a welcome and timely study of the history, context and significance of Scotland's court buildings. In today's more culturally and socially fluid society, the stability and solidity once offered by courthouses seem less relevant to current generations. The recent programme of court closures diminishes their significance and status yet further. Professors Robson and Rodger's fascinating book charts the development of what are essentially architectural manifestations of civic-mindedness, albeit primarily bourgeois in their provenance and intent. Their story is also the story of Scottish society, as it moved from local decision-making to a more centralised bureaucracy.--John Pelan, Director, The Scottish Civic Trust

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