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Using a sociological lens, specifically the dramaturgical approach (Goffman, 1959, Hochschild, 1983, Bolton, 2003) this research positions a spotlight on the judicial script within the criminal trial process in England & Wales, investigating claims that the official role of judges in their decision making is one of dispassion, objectivity and neutrality.

A counter claim is made that this is a myth and one which is scrutinised through a triangulation of methods; observations, interviews and media quotes. Findings expose alternative scripts which are already operationalised in contrast to official claims of judicial neutrality placing emotions at the heart of justice and endorsing the view that without emotion there is no justice (Solomon, 1995).

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