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2006

Public Law and Legal Theory

Hugh M Robert

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News Media’S Impact On Perceptions Of The Civil Justice System, Hugh M. Robert Jan 2006

News Media’S Impact On Perceptions Of The Civil Justice System, Hugh M. Robert

Hugh M Robert

With cases in the news like the McDonalds case, it has left the public with a very distorted view of the civil justice system. Information about the civil litigation system is critical because citizens report that the news media is their primary source of information about the court system, an even more important source than contact with the courts themselves. With the general public relying primarily on the news media as their source of information, it is necessary to examine what is being reported and the frequency of covering both sides to the story, the true story.