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  • International Journal of Law in Context, Volume 5, Issue 3
  • September 2009, pp. 295-314

Judging pictures: a case study of portraits of the Chief Justices, Supreme Court of New South Wales

  • Leslie J. Moran (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744552309990139
  • Published online: 19 November 2009
Abstract

This essay is about portraits: judicial portraits. It offers a case study of the interface between law and visual culture. Its object of enquiry is a collection of pictures (painted and photographic), depicting the sixteen Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, from 1824 to the present day. The original paintings hang in the Banco Court, Sydney. The photographs and digital copies of all the images are on the Court’s website. Beginning with a brief review of socio-legal scholarship on the judiciary, the essay explores existing work on the visual image of the judge. In response to the limitations of that research, the paper turns to art historical scholarship to facilitate an analysis of the aesthetic and technological factors (the continuities and changes) that shape and generate the meaning of these judicial images. It explores the relevance of context upon meaning. The paper demonstrates a number of methodological approaches and reflects upon the contribution that a study of judicial pictures may make to socio-legal scholarship.

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