Source: Gyakuten Saiban official site (down)
Court Observation (2)
After witnessing the verdict of guilty of the defendant, we went to watch some other trials. We went higher up the crime ranks with illegal possession of drugs and death by professional negligence, and finally murder. A bloody knife was shown, and we heard about a really nasty motive for murder. Murder is really scary.
Observing real trials was a very meaningful experience. It made me realize the truth that crime is in fact really just the shadow side of our daily normal lives. And I also learned that the real court was slightly different to what I had actually imagined it to be.
- The judge doesn’t use a gavel
I always thought of a gavel when I thought of a judge. And of course “Order, order.” I thought that these elements were absolutely necessary, but in reality, the judge is empty-handed. They don’t use gavels. They don’t even say: “Order, order.”
- Professionals don’t like to use "Objection!"
“You probably have some grudge against the town where the defendant lives.”
The very biased comment of the prosecution was interrupted by the defense attorney who stood up. That’s it! Now comes the "Objection!", I thought. I leaned forward, expecting to finally hear a genuine “Objection!”. But the defense attorney just wore a half-smile, and scratched their head.
“Oh. Err, what you just said. It’s a bit, ah, you know?”
And the prosecutor seemed to understand what they meant and laughed back with a blush. “…I guess so. I’ll change my question.”
That’s not how it’s supposed to be! “Err, what you just said”!? You should’ve pointed your finger as you shouted “Objection!” It seems that in the actual courtroom, "Objection!" isn’t really popular.
By the way, reality is not at all reflected in Gyakuten Saiban (Ace Attorney GBA). The judge keeps on using the gavel (it’s so big you might even call it a hammer), and the defense attorneys keeps on shouting "Objection!" like they’re possessed by some spirit. You might even question why we went to the courthouse in the first place. But the reason we went to the courtroom was so the team members could get to know each other better…