Cornhill Magazine,  6 (1862), 351–63.

The State Trials

[J Fitzjames Stephen]




Expertise, Lecturing, Crime, Progress

    One aspect of the 'remarkable difference between ancient and modern trials' (362) is that in the modern system all the 'different little facts are carefully put together in their proper places, and proved by the appropriate evidence; and if scientific questions arise (as often happens), a law-court becomes a sort of lecture-room. This system, no doubt, has its inconveniences, but it affords, on the whole, the most perfect system of administering justice which has yet been devised in any part of the world' (363).

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