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The Common Law in Two VoicesLanguage, Law, and the Postcolonial Dilemma in Hong Kong$
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Kwai Hang Ng

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761642

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761642.001.0001

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Cantonese Courtrooms

Cantonese Courtrooms

Formalism in Flux

(p.163) Chapter 6 Cantonese Courtrooms
The Common Law in Two Voices
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This chapter shows that the interactional order in Cantonese courtrooms is inchoate and flexible. At times, it allows litigants to bring the constitutive dispositions of everyday life into the courtroom or to deploy storytelling practices that situate their personal experiences within local contexts. The discussion considers the social demography of the Cantonese courtrooms, bilingualism and the preservation of the common law, Cantonese in the Hong Kong legal system, and cross-examination in the Cantonese courtrooms.

Keywords:   Cantonese courtrooms, litigants, Hong Kong common law, cross-examination, legal bilingualism

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