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08-07-2010, 08:46 PM
I'm looking for references (books preferred, websites welcomed) on details of how a criminal trial (murder) would unfold. I haven't decided if the venue would be the English countryside or American, so I'm open to references to either one.

My Googlefu is weak, but I haven't found much besides generalities. I'm hoping that someone might know of a transcript or something for detailed and specific. I don't want to default to "it's just like it is today" unless that's really the case.

Thanks so much!

Calla Lily
08-07-2010, 09:22 PM
As much as SparkNotes makes me froth at the mouth, try checking them out for the trials in Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Bleak House (not the Chancery trial part).

08-08-2010, 03:19 AM
The Old Bailey website (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/static/Trial-procedures.jsp) has quite a lot of good information.

08-08-2010, 05:18 PM
Thanks, both of you!

It's been a while since I've read Dickens. Guess I have a great excuse to reread. :D