An Information Analysis of Judges’ Repetitive Discourse in Criminal Courtroom

Jinshi CHEN


This paper, based on Discourse Information Theory (DIT), analyzes the information features and functions of a judge’s repetitive discourse, and the realization of judicial justice in the judge’s repetitive discourse. The results show that in the interaction between the judge and the illiterate appellant, the judge’s repetitive discourse has been put at lower information levels, endowed with specific information knots and sharing categories, falls the functions of information check, information confirmation, information request, information indication and information instruction, and maintains procedural justice, distributive justice and retributive justice. Therefore, appropriate repetitive discourse will contribute to the present reform of judges’ discourse in criminal courtroom.


Information analysis; Judges’ discourse; Repetitive discourse; Criminal trials

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