Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Oscar Pistorius trial a good example of law in action

THE Oscar Pistorius trial – in spite of becoming a gripping blockbuster for the news media – has highlighted the benefits of South Africa's legal system.

Presiding Judge Masipa will ultimately decide the outcome of the trial and she will be assisted by two legal experts. I think that the modern-day online media climate makes it clear that, with the prevalence of touch-of-a-button information, jury trials can be really unstable and that the risk of trial-by-media is at a peak.

In South Africa the judge and her experts will adjudicate the merits of the prosecution and defence solely on their basis in law.

They will not enter judgment in the grip of a modern media malignance.

JUSTIN KELLY

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