Observing judicial work and emotions: Using two researchers

Sharyn Roach Anleu, Stina Bergman Blix, Kathleen Mack, Asa Wettergren

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    Observation is an important component of research to examine complex social settings and is well-established for studying courtroom dynamics and judicial behaviour. However, the many activities occurring at once and the multiple participants, lay and professional, make it impossible for a sole researcher to observe and understand everything occurring in the courtroom. This article reports on the use of two researchers to undertake court observations, in two different studies, each nested in a different research design. The social nature of data collection and the value of dialogue between the two researchers in interpreting observed events, especially when studying emotion, are readily apparent in both studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)375-391
    Number of pages17
    JournalQualitative Research
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


    • collaboration
    • court observations
    • courts
    • demeanour
    • emotion work
    • emotions
    • judiciary
    • observation research


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