Real life vs. the big screen: 4 ways the law is depicted incorrectly
Fast-talking, quick-witted, nicely dressed and usually attractive, the lawyers that we see on TV and film are usually depicted as jet-setting go-getters who seemingly save their client from the jaws of defeat right at the very last minute. While some of this might be true, as far as the legal world goes many depictions are incredibly inaccurate. Much to the annoyance and frustration of the legal world.
From criminal lawyers to personal injury attorneys like this, the way their role is portrayed on screen raises many eyebrows. So, what are the most common errors we see in the courtrooms on TV and film? Read on for 4 ways the legal world is depicted incorrectly on screen.
The court cases are incredibly fast
One minute the crime was committed, or the accident happened, then after a quick conversation in an oak-panelled office, they’re in the courtroom strutting their stuff. In real life, court cases simply don’t move that fast. In fact, a large number of personal injury and criminal cases don’t actually go to trial, with many terms and agreements being made outside of the courtroom.
When it’s over, it’s over
At the end of any TV or film court case, you’ll find that when the gavel falls and the verdict is given that’s usually the end of the matter. However, that’s very rarely the case, with many cases going directly to appeal after the initial verdict. It’s another long, drawn-out process but it doesn’t quite meet the requirements of a dramatic season finale.
There are no last minute surprises
That classic moment when the chips are down and your protagonist thinks it’s all over – then a surprise last minute witness storms the courtroom and turns everything on its head. You’ll find that in real life, cases are painstakingly researched and considered from all angles, with most of the star and key information being in the form of paperwork and files rather than a secret witness and a last minute surprise.
There’s no I in TEAM
A multi-million dollar lawsuit, gangland criminals and high profile cases – all this power and criminal activity, yet they only need one lawyer to get them the verdict they want. In real life, you’ll find that high profile cases are usually backed by teams of lawyers, paralegals, and associates, all working together as a team rather than one individual who’ll get all the glory.