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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Blake, Celia
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Management Studies
Article Title
Language, literacy and the Peter Blake principle
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Journal Title
International journal of speech language and the law
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Date of Publication
2005
Volume ID
11
Issue ID
1
Page(s)
50-72
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Location/URL
http:; www.law.wlu.edu/libraray/CLJC/index.asp?issue
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Abstract
Examines the implications of the distinctions between speech and writing for the operation of a particular legal device in the Jamaican common law known as the Peter Blake principle. The principle allows a cross-examiner to test the evidence and credibility of a witness by putting a document to a witness. The witness is required to look at it and thereafter the cross-examiner will ask him questions on the document. Issues concerning the efficacy of the principle arise where a textual document is put to a witness who is unable to read and the document is read aloud to him/her. Explores the nature of the possible consequences that emanate from a written to oral text conversion and their ramifications for the operation of the Peter Blake principle when it is applied in the context of a non-literate witness. It does so with particular focus on police station diaries and indicates the danger of the likelihood of a compromise of the value of this critical legal device in situations where there is a mere reading aloud to a non-literate witness, without any further adjustment, of police station diary texts.....
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