What is a fair trial?
|Ondertitel||rape prosecutions, disclosure and the human rights act|
|Titel tijdschrift||Feminist Legal Studies|
|Jaar van tijdschrift||2000|
|Nummer van tijdschrijft||2|
|Samenvatting||This article engages with the vogue for predicting the effects of the Human Rights Act 1998 by focusing on the rape prosecution and trial. The specific interest is feminist scrutiny of the right to a fair trial, particularly the concept of 'fairness', in light of the increasing use of disclosure rules (in Canada and England) to gain access to medical and counselling records. Transcending the two contemporary narratives of 'victims'/women's rights and defendants' rights in the criminal justice system, the authors argue for the infusion of the legal debate on disclosure with feminist understandings of wider cultural debates. They suggest that increased reflexivity about intimacy, publicity and power, leading perhaps to the development of a concept of 'democratic publicity' (Fraser, 1997, p. 100), might help to revision the meaning of 'relevant' evidence in the rape trial. They also suggest that the wide-ranging cultural debate about memory, truth and history, and the emerging commitment to experimentation in responding to massive, institutionalised human rights violations (including apartheid, war crimes and child abuse) might be of use in deepening current thinking about the rape trial and listening to the 'voice' of the complainant.|