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Clients need to know what emotion that is tolerated

In Sweden, there is the pretty strict rules for how a defense attorney may behave in the courtroom. If they show strong emotions, there is the risk that the tri

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Clients need to know what emotion that is tolerated

In Sweden, there is the pretty strict rules for how a defense attorney may behave in the courtroom. If they show strong emotions, there is the risk that the trial is not perceived as fair.

Researcher Lisa Flower followed during four years, over fifty trials and interviewed a number of lawyers. The result is gathered in her doctoral thesis at Lund university which was completed in the last year.

In a new book, ”Emotions in court,” focuses the researchers, Åsa Wettergren and Stina Bergman Blix on how prosecutors and judges handle the emotions that can arise during a court hearing. In a previous article we talked about their conclusions.

in his research to focus on försvarsadvokaternas role. She thinks that the lawyers in a better way would be able to tell their clients what emotion that is tolerated and not tolerated in the courtroom. Then would both defendants and complainants better understand which emotional expression is the norm in Swedish courtrooms.

Perhaps they would to clients when experience the the trial more fair, which in turn could affect confidence in the entire justice system in a positive direction.

During a trial, a defense attorney always be loyal with the defendant, their client. In different ways, to point to, for example, weaknesses in the prosecutor's reasoning, and question the witnesses ' credibility – but it may not be done in a too aggressive way.

As Åsa Wettergren and Stina Bergman Blix noticed Lisa Flower during his research to the defense lawyers instead had to learn to use more subtle emotional expressions. An increase in the moment can indicate a strong irritation and a seemingly polite question can hide a palpable anger.

often perceive this känslospel, but for the defendant, it may be more difficult. They perceive, rather, that their lawyer is lame, passive, and does not protect their interests.

Lisa Flower says that many defendants expect a ”Ramboadvokat”, but that the rules of the game in the Swedish courts is not at all consistent with the image that is reflected in, for example, american movies and tv series.

rather than exhibit their attorneys, a what I call a ”Rambo-Bambi-facade”. The aggressiveness is hidden away behind a softer and therefore not as intimidating surface.

this implies to many that for the first time visiting a trial in which spectators will be disappointed that there is so little action and drama, " notes Lisa Flower in his thesis. She felt the same way at the beginning of their research.

the Knowledge of emotions significance, can also be used in other professions that are not assumed to be based on emotions.

answer a bad thing when the prosecutor asks his questions and ends up in a worse situation, she will have to try to not express any emotions at all, but show up a ”stenansikte”.

" Then it should not be tagged to you as the attorney is surprised or disappointed. You'll just sit there, apparently unmoved.

the Knowledge of the feelings which may be displayed in a courtroom, and how they appear, is important in order to understand how a trial goes beyond the formal rules and laws, do Lisa Flower.

– Emotionshantering plays a central role in the försvarsadvokaters profession and it is something that you are expected to learn on the job, not during the training. The knowledge of emotions significance, can also be used in other professions that are not assumed to be based on emotions.

Lisa Flower has applied for research funds to study why female lawyers constitute a minority of the advokatbyråers leading positions.

the Project aims to increase our understanding of how law firms are reproducing the genusojämlikheter and how such cultures can be challenged.

”Weaknesses in police investigations makes many upset.”

reader reactions in the series on ”Emotions in the right”

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