TV Series and Movies That Portray the Legal Process in The Wrong Light
It’s no surprise that most of us have, at least once, watched legal drama’s on television and thought that either the lawyer or client sets the rate of knots at which the helms of justice turn!
If you are one of those lawyers who gets goaded every time you happen to see an intricate court hearing begin the second a client enters the paralegal’s firm… and later jumping into a dramatic wrap up with the concluding verdict, all of it in less or no time than what it takes you to receive your custom-built suit from the tailor – well, let us take a load off your mind, you aren’t alone!
As it is, several paralegals cannot watch TV series revolving around legal professionals – the slip ups and illogicality shown simply makes them roll their eyes so hard that they’re barely able to keep them on screen.
For sure, a specific court case portrayed in a TV series can be put on trial or defended in dozens of ways based on the talent and preferences of a specific team that’s working on it. Of course, it’d bother you that the fictional lawyer chose a tactic which you wouldn’t, but that surely can take place in real life as well.
Well, that’s not our concern over here. What we are talking about is the depiction of the legal system and attorneys in Hollywood are absurdly and objectively wrong. So, in this article we’ve taken up the initiative to shed light on ways through which movies and TV series flub the portrayal of legal process.
Court Hearing Moves At Lightening Pace
Certain TV series do create an impression that days or even weeks have passed by whilst the stout-hearted legal team is busy filing, discovering evidence, prepping for trial and the prosecution itself well before the winning the ruling as you might have expected.
Nonetheless, even that goes at a blistering speed as compared to typical real-life trial. Truth be told, it takes nearly 14 months to process a central appellate case. With judges taking on roughly around 500 to 600 case every year, the advancement is unbearably slow, though trial delays weren’t deliberately introduced as a strategy.
The Gavel Falls, Meaning the Case Has Ended
By the end of every series, you can be clear in your mind that the case is done and dusted, the verdict has been pronounced, the executor sentenced, or the award has been distributed. The curtain falls, adsbegin, and it is time to head towards restroom.
As a matter of fact, there are several uncertainties in a court hearing which is never covered in movies and TV series. Almost every proceeding that comes back with a guilty judgement, there’s always an appeal. Well, appeals never receive much screen time, as the procedure isn’t all glamorous – no drama in the courtroom, only heaps of paperwork and magistrates sitting around mulling over technicalities.
But on the civil end, for proceedings that enter the trial, the temperament is only once in a blue moon as one-sided and bright as those victories in films. TV justice is more about making the spectators feel good, whilst in real life the legal system is all about coming up with an impartial outlook in an argument. This basically means, those shimmering headline cases of a million-dollar prize is atypical than what we see on television. Also, in most cases, members from both sides often eventually regret their decision of taking up legal action.
When there actually are huge rewards, experienced lawyers are aware of the very fact that the actual legal fight comes after the judgement – collecting the reward perhaps takes twice as long as the real trial!
Court Cases Are A Thrilling Nail Biting Occurrence
For almost every fictional paralegal, all they got to do is turn up at work in the morning and some uber-dramatic case might simply walk in. Clients are queued up in the block, though the company is a new boutique with the ink still fresh on its business card.
In reality, advertising and gaining clients is a massive part of any legal firm. Associates aren’t straightaway asked to work on the latest crime case; in fact, they’re told to attend several meetings and milk their networks to queue up clients.
And it is not only about associates. Lawyers serving full-time in legal firms spend around half of their time (44% to be precise) on management and marketing. Now, that is more cold-calling and less amateur snooping than what you’ve seen in films and shows.
That being said, whether you’re a budding attorney trying to learn various legal tactics or an established paralegal dealing in Will writing, we’d suggest that you don’t allow your blood to boil whilst watching infuriating legal drama’s! Instead, sit down with a bowl of snacks and binge-watching something else instead!