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In some countries, some criminal trials in law courts are shown on television so that the general public can watch.
Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Write at least 250 words
Sample answer 1: If disadvantages outweigh advantages
In recent years, criminal trials have been televised in some countries to allow the public an opportunity to watch them. I believe, although there are advantages, making trials public can lead to too much injustice and other problems.
One of the main advantages of allowing court trials to be broadcast on TV is that the entire judicial system is open to the public to watch and supervise. In some countries where judicial system is corrupt, it would be a step towards more justice as the whole legal proceeding is overseen by the public. Another benefit is that opening the doors of the court room allows the public rights to information. The public has the right to know the details of trials so that they can form their own opinions. This is important in countries where the government has restricted public access to information.
On the other hand, allowing trials to be shown on TV has serious consequences. Firstly, the public might form opinions which are based on mass media bias and a lack of understanding of the legal system. This public and media pressure might affect the outcome of the trial, and justice will not be served. Secondly, the legal team might see this as an opportunity to promote themselves which means they may be distracted and not put all their attention into defending and prosecuting. Lastly, the jury is supposed to decide the verdict but by televising the trial, the entire public removes the effectiveness of a jury system.
In conclusion, regardless of the benefits, the disadvantages of an open televised trial can be devastating due to public and media pressure which might result in a lack of justice.
Word count: 284 words
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Sample answer 2: If advantages outweigh disadvantages
As a matter of fact, in some countries, members of the public can watch court trials which are broadcast on TV. Clearly, criminal trial publicity introduces both pros and cons but from my perspective, the benefits do outweigh the drawbacks.
On the one hand, the compelling disadvantage of televising court trials is causing negative public and media pressure for the criminal justice process. To be more specific, after viewing a court trial on TV, the public might come up with opinions or criticisms based on their personal bias or distortion. This can be attributed to a lack of understanding of the legal system, along with favouritism. Consequently, unnecessary and undesirable media pressure would inevitably arise and might affect the verdict of judges or members of the jury. This means the judicial authority does not represent fairness and equality as it is supposed to be, and justice will not be served.
On the other hand, it seems to me that there are several reasons that favour televising legal proceedings. First, broadcasting trials on TV will ensure fair trials because this allows the public to watch and supervise the operation of the judicial system. In some countries where judicial system is corrupt, it would be a step towards more justice as the whole legal proceeding is overseen by the public. Second, showing court trials on TV allows the general public to see that the justice system is functioning properly and treating defendants fairly. As a result, the public might have more understanding of how the legal system in their country works. Last but not least, televised trials will act as a deterrent, meaning that the fear of punishments and penalties will stop people from committing offences.
In conclusion, despite the inevitable drawback, I believe that publicising a court trial through the TV channel would be beneficial thanks to a number of positive aspects mentioned above.
Word count: 313 words
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