On Courtroom Questioning: A Forensic Linguistic Analysis
Jerson Sabang Catoto
Courtroom proceedings are the best way to extract all the needed and relevant information to give the vivid picture of the case. It gives the judge the profound knowledge in giving the final verdict. This forensic linguistics study employing textual analysis aimed to identify the different types of questions, types of responses and violations involving multiple cases. There were 30 Transcript Stenographer’s Notes utilized where relative data and information were extracted. Courtroom proceedings used appropriate closed yes-no questions, appropriate closed specific questions, probing questions, open questions, and yes-no questions which were identified as appropriate types of courtroom questions. Conversely, unproductive or poor questions included multiple questions, opinion/statement questions, leading questions, misleading questions which are discouraged and objected to ask. Maxims of Manner, Quantity and Relevance were the types of responses observed by the witnesses. However, these maxims were also violated.
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