This article considers how legal trials participate in the production of culturally valourised narratives of truth. Trial procedures legitimate certain narratives, and certain ways of producing narrative, through procedural constraints that promulgate legal aesthetics and legal rights that articulate these procedures as norms for human behaviour. Law’s forms, then, determine law’s content, with significant connotations for the broader culture. Notable amongst these narrative forms is legal testimony, whose apparently improvised, interrogative creation imbues it with especial qualities as a representation of truth. Spontaneously performed in and effected by the valorised space of the courtroom, testimony reflects the cultural pervasiveness of law’s aesthetics, and underscores how narratives of truth are constituted by, and dependent upon, the privileged forms of their production
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