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The BBC’s justice season: fair to middling

By Thomas Porter  

The BBC is presenting a 'Citizen's Guide to Justice'—but do these programmes offer anything more than a surface treatment of the issues?

What would you include in a citizen’s guide to justice?  An outline of citizens’ legal rights?  Details of the legal aid system? Or a list of the names of all the teenagers murdered in 2009 and a series of abridged lectures from an introductory course in moral philosophy?

BBC4 has opted for the latter. It’s running a season of programmes entitled ‘Justice—A Citizen’s Guide,’ exploring justice from the…

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