October 31, 2016

Schulz on A Transnational Study of Law & Justice on TV: Canada

Jennifer L. Schulz, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, is publishing A Transnational Study of Law & Justice on TV: Canada, in A Transnational Study of Law & Justice on TV (Peter Robson & Jennifer L. Schulz eds., Hart, 2016). Here is the abstract.
Our book examines law and justice on television in 14 different countries around the world. It is a rare empirical study of how much justice material viewers were able to access in November 2014, looking at three phases: apprehension (police), adjudication (lawyers), and disposition (prison). In my chapter on Canada I note that there were 5020 law-related programs in the month of our analysis, not including the law-related content found on news and magazine programs. Although this is a vast amount of legally-themed television, only 26.6% of the shows were Canadian. Seventy-two percent of all the legal shows available on television were American and 81% of the legally-themed television available to be watched in Canada was about police officers, not lawyers.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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