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There was no bench or seat available for me. Everything seemed reserved either for the defense or the prosecution. At least, that was what the clerk told me. 9 How to follow paper trails It is hard to say when or why exactly I became unsatisfied with my press bench in court. It was probably due to the amount of paper that was carried in and out the hearings. Each case necessitated files, briefs, and notes, somehow routinely distributed amongst lawyers and assistants. Or perhaps it was because participants frequently expressed what “the file says” or what one “finds in the written statement”.

It was a colleague of mine at the local sociology department who, together with her husband, a “partner” in a local firm, introduced me. It took several pints of beer and personal encouragement to persuade George to invite me “to carry out my studies”. He Field Access as an Ongoing Accomplishment 35 felt obliged to aid this German fellow. We quickly agreed on a number of issues, including the “dress code” and “confidentiality”. He dictated a short contract, specifying my duties and obligations. I signed.

Thus, in contrast to the previous research, it appears that assuming the insider’s position prior to or in conjunction with the actual research facilitates both the entry in the field and the collection of data. In his ethnographic study of the “mass-produced law”, Jerry Hoy (1995) offers a more involved account of his entry into the law firms: “to gain access for office observations I allowed management at both firms to choose the offices to be studied. , p. 707). Further, Hoy describes that he met with much cooperation on the part of the attorneys and the staff and managed to secure various sources of valuable data.

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