I've been watching 'Broadchurch' on BBC America and I had some questions about law procedures in the UK based on the show, and hoping someone here can enlighten me. (Mods, I hope these are okay questions to ask as I am not seeking legal advice, just curious about some of the procedures.)
- Does everyone have to stand while they are giving testimony? (We sit in the US. Then I got to wondering about people who might be infirm, elderly, etc. Are they allowed to sit?)
- While giving testimony, are you supposed to reply directly to the jury? Some people were doing that, and some were replying directly to the barrister, so I was curious.
- I know the wig is a requirement for the barristers and the judge, but I did notice during in a scene in which a youth was being questioned, that nobody was wearing their wig, not even the judge, and this was official testimony. Are wigs only worn when questioning adults?
Obviously this is a TV show (and I have two more episodes to go, so please don't spoil me!
) so I don't expect it to be exactly perfect, but I've found myself wondering these things often while watching the courtroom scenes.