Judicial Images
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The Construction of the image of a judge on German Television; Judge Dr. Ruth Herz in the German TV series Das Jugendgericht

A virtual exhibition

Between 2001 and 2005 Judge Ruth Herz was granted leave of absence from the judiciary in Germany by the Ministry of Justice to take up the television role in a daytime reality television court show, Das Jugendgericht (The Youth Court). The daily audience was over 2 million viewers. The character and personality of the judge were central to the program. This exhibition is curated by Ruth Herz and draws on an archive of photographs made behind the scenes by Gabriel Gorodetsky. For more see ‘Ruth Herz Judge playing Judge Ruth Herz: reflections on the performance of judicial authority’ by Leslie Moran, Beverley Skeggs and Ruth Herz,  Law, Text, Culture (2010) 14, 198-220.

Dr. Ruth Herz is a member of the Judicial Images Network. She is visiting professor at Birbeck College, University of London. From 1974 – 2006 she was a judge at the court of Cologne in Germany. She has published widely. Her latest book The Art of Justice, The Judge’s Perspective was published by Hart Publishing in 2012.

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